First name origin & meaning:
Old English: Westerly direction
Last name origins & meanings:
- English and German: from Middle English, Middle High German
west ‘west’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived to
the west of a settlement, or a regional name for someone who had
migrated from further west.
- This name was brought to North America independently by many
bearers in the 17th and 18th centuries. Thomas West, 12th Baron De La Warre, was captain general of Virginia in 1610–11. The state of DE is named for him. One of the earliest permanent settlers was
Francis West (1606–92), who came to Duxbury, MA, from Salisbury,
Wiltshire, England, in or before 1638.
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