Family name origins & meanings
- English : occupational name for someone who looked after animals, Middle English bester, from beste ‘beast’ (see Best).
- German : habitational name for someone from a place called Beste.
- Slovenian (Gorenjska; also Bešter) : probably a derivative of Vester 3, a reduced form of the personal name Silvester. Replacement of initial V- with B- is quite common in Slovenian surnames.