When Simeon West was born in 1797, in Paris, Bourbon, Kentucky, United States, his father, Simeon West, was 34 and his mother, Elizabeth Hopkins, was 37. He married Louisa Johnson on 17 September 1823, in Garrard, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Garrard, Kentucky, United States for about 20 years. He died on 27 April 1866, in Franklin, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Huntland, Franklin, Tennessee, United States.
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 habitational name for someone who had migrated from further west.
Americanized form of Finnish Vesterinen: from the personal name Vesteri (a short form of Sylvester ) + the surname suffix -nen.
History: 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.