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

From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Basave. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Basave family lived in Verona in 1279, when Daniele Basso was councilor of this city.


Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Basave include Bassa, Basso, Bassi, Bassoli, Basta, Bassolino and many more.

First found in Verona in 1279, when Daniele Basso was councillor of this city.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Basave research. Another 27 words(2 lines of text) covering the years 1669 and 1717 are included under the topic Early Basave History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 21 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Basave Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Basave or a variant listed above: Antonio Basso, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1875, and B.B. Basso, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1823 at the age of 24.


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The Basave Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Basave 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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