Last name origins & meanings:
- German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German
ast ‘knot (in wood)’, ‘branch’, hence a nickname for a tough or
awkward individual or a metonymic occupational name for a lumberjack.
- North German: occupational name, from Middle Low German
arste ‘physician’, a variant of Arzt.
French: from Occitan ast ‘pike or lance’, probably an
occupational name for a maker of these weapons.
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