Catharina Gertruda Best

about 1714–1783 (Age 69)
Rheinhessen, Hessen, Germany

The Life of Catharina Gertruda

When Catharina Gertruda Best was born about 1714, in Rheinhessen, Hessen, Germany, her father, Johann Jacob Best, was 24 and her mother, Anna Gertruda Drieß, was 17. She married Johann Peter Happel on 24 April 1731, in Harxheim, Mainz-Bingen, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She died in 1783, at the age of 69.

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Johann Peter Happel
Catharina Gertruda Best
Marriage: 24 April 1731
Johannes Happel

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24 April 1731
Harxheim, Mainz-Bingen, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany


    Johannes Happel


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Name Meaning

1 English, northern Irish, and French: from Middle English, Old French beste ‘animal’, ‘beast’ (Latin bestia), applied either as a metonymic occupational name for someone who looked after beasts—a herdsman—or as a derogatory nickname for someone thought to resemble an animal, i.e. a violent, uncouth, or stupid man. It is unlikely that the name is derived from best, Old English betst, superlative of good. By far the most frequent spelling of the French surname is Beste, but it is likely that in North America this form has largely been assimilated to Best.2 German: from a short form of Sebastian .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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