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Where did the English Bascom family come from? What is the English Bascom family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bascom family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bascom family history?

Bascom is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Bascom family lived in Boscombe, Wiltshire where one reference from 1273 suggests that "Boscumbe" may have derived from the Old English words meaning a 'valley overgrown with spiky plants.' Today Boscombe is a suburb of Bournemouth, Dorset and includes Boscombe Manor, built by Phillip Norris in 1801. "The Boscombe Valley Mystery" was one of the 56 short Sherlock Holmes stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle first published in the Strand Magazine in 1891.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Bascom include Bascum, Bascomb, Bascome, Bascombe, Bascom, Baskomb, Boscomb and many more.

First found in Wiltshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, after the Norman Conquest in 1066. They were conjecturally descended from Edward a tenant of William d'Eu as shown in the Domesday Book taken in 1086 by William Duke of Normandy showing the lands granted by the king to his nobles.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bascom research. Another 149 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1600 and 1975 are included under the topic Early Bascom History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Bascom Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Bascoms to arrive on North American shores:

Bascom Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Bascom, who landed in Nantucket, Massachusetts in 1630

Bascom Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • William Bascom, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • A De Bascom, aged 20, landed in New Orleans, La in 1854

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  • Fran Bascom (d. 2013), American fourteen-time Arios Award nominated casting director, known for her work on Days of Our Lives, Designing Women, Evening Shade and Lou Grant


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Forti et fideli nihil difficile
Motto Translation: Nothing is difficult to the brave and the faithful.

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  2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
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  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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  7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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The Bascom Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bascom Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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