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Where did the English Bassette family come from? What is the English Bassette family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bassette family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bassette family history?The ancient name Bassette is a Norman name that would have been developed in England after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. This name was a name given to a person of small stature having derived from the Old English word bas, meaning short.
Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bassette were recorded, including Bassett, Basset, Bassit, Basett and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bassette research. Another 157 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1093, 1198, 1597, 1673, 1625, 1626, 1674 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Bassette History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 85 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bassette Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Bassette family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Bassette arrived in North America very early: Oliver Bassett who settled in Barbados in 1635; George Basset in Virginia 1637; William Basset in Virginia in 1622; Arnold Basset settled in New York state in 1693.
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: Pro rege et populo
Motto Translation: For King and people.
The Bassette Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bassette 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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