The West Family History

This is a site where you can find information about the history of the West family.

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The West Family in the Census

Census Freqency of the Surname West
1841 Census900
1851 Census5455
1861 Census9604
1871 Census14983
1881 Census21303
1891 Census25459
1901 Census32861
1911 Census37514

Most Frequent Forenames for the West Family in the Census

Name 1841 Census 1851 Census 1861 Census 1881 Census 1871 Census 1891 Census 1901 Census 1911 Census Total
William West 66 414 698 1076 1435 1581 1881 2013
Mary West 81 402 685 987 1192 1223 1365 1269
John West 51 315 526 801 1010 1122 1367 1464
George West 32 259 468 630 911 1059 1299 1368
Sarah West 52 259 401 572 657 676 685 625
Elizabeth West 35 239 411 631 789 819 859 836
James West 38 207 354 479 599 656 755 753
Thomas West 33 207 344 468 587 652 718 786
Charles West 30 141 247 425 560 651 761 823
Emma West 17 138 240 321 385 375 392 350
Henry West 23 161 275 415 514 557 602 590
Emily West 8 63 151 238 324 367 454 456
Jane West 21 131 214 305 353 317 319 280
Eliza West 16 144 210 285 360 393 398 319
Frederick West 4 48 124 212 348 432 556 583
Joseph West 22 92 165 222 280 313 370 353
Ann West 33 167 232 266 248 192 157 125
Ellen West 6 85 148 245 367 430 500 484
Arthur West 2 14 74 168 325 414 583 667
Walter West 4 34 72 141 232 279 362 406

Your Family History Search

You can use the forms below to do automatic searches for the West family online amongst birth, marriage and death records from 1837, plus census transcripts for 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 and many more...



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Etymology and History of the Surname: West

View Name: WEST.

WEST

Derivation:
An English/German word which refers to direction or the geography of something. It is also usually on the left side and is on the left side of a compass point.

History:
A topographical surname usually a given to someone 'from the west' (someone that have re-located into a new area from further west) or someone who lives to the left west side of something, eg; a river or village.

Linked Surnames:
weston, westwood, westwell, westover, westron,

 



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