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Meaning and Origin of: Ast

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Last name origins & meanings:

  1. 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.
  2. North German: occupational name, from Middle Low German arste ‘physician’, a variant of Arzt.
  3. Southern French: from Occitan ast ‘pike or lance’, probably an occupational name for a maker of these weapons.
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