Baseley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Baseley comes from when the family resided in Beasley, in the county of Lancashire.

However, another source claims the family came from Baslow, a chapelry, in the parish and union of Bakewell, hundred of High Peak in Derbyshire. [1]

Early Origins of the Baseley family

The surname Baseley was first found in Derbyshire. While this is the generally accepted place of origin, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had no mention of the family there at that time, as it listed Hugh filius Basilie, Nottinghamshire; Alan Basel, Cambridgeshire; Richard Baseli, Oxfordshire; John Basely, Cambridgeshire; and Michael Basely, Buckinghamshire. [1]

Early History of the Baseley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Baseley research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1655, 1729, 1591, 1587, 1588 and 1591 are included under the topic Early Baseley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Baseley Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Baseley include Beazley, Beasley, Beasely, Beesely, Beesley, Bezley, Beasey and many more.

Early Notables of the Baseley family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: George Beesley or Bisley (d. 1591), English Catholic missioner, born at a place called the Mount, in Goosnargh parish, in Lancashire. "Ordained priest in 1587 he was sent upon the English mission in 1588. Falling into the hands of the persecutors he was so frequently tortured by the notorious Topcliffe...
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Baseley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Baseley family to Ireland

Some of the Baseley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Baseley migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Baseley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Baseley who arrived in New York in 1835
  • Samuel Baseley, who arrived in New York in 1835 [2]
Baseley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Arthur Baseley, aged 10, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Elsie Baseley, aged 9, who settled in America, in 1903
  • Carrie Baseley, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States from Burntislaw, Scotland, in 1912
  • William G. Baseley, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1919
  • Jessie Baseley, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States from Scarbord, England, in 1921

Australia Baseley migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Baseley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Baseley, aged 24, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Rodney" [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Baseley (post 1700) +

  • Godfrey Baseley (1904-1997), English radio executive, best known for creating the soap opera The Archers


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 21st February 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Rodney 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/rodney1855.shtml


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