Surname BEST #unitedkingdom



My family surname is BEST.
My g-grandfather came to the UK in about 1845 >from Holland.
I have a theory (but no evidence) that the name may have been a contraction
of BEn Shem Tov.
Also, in my searches in JGFF, I've seen the surname BAST which again may be
a contraction of BAt Shem Tov.

Does anyone out there have an opinion as to the likelihood of this, or am I
barking up the wrong tree?

Henry Best [London]

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