Basen is a name that was originally given to a person of small stature
having derived from the Old English word bas,
Alternatively, the name could have been derived from the French word bas
which has the same meaning. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early Origins of the Basen family
The surname Basen was first found in Leicestershire
where "Bass is a Leicestershire
name. Basse occurred in Cambridgeshire
in the 13th century. Edward Bashe held the manor of Botelers in Prittlewell parish, Essex
, in the reign of Elizabeth." CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
Further north in Scotland
, ancient records there found the name in Aberbuthenoth where "Andrew de Bas who was one of the jurors in a dispute regarding the Kirketun of Aberbuthenoth" in 1206. Apparently, he derived his name from Bass in Aberdeenshire
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Bass Isle is found in the parish of North Berwick, county of Haddington. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Basen family
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Basen Spelling Variations
Huguenot surnames were only slightly Anglicized, and they remain to this day a distinct group of surnames in England
. Nevertheless, Huguenot surnames have been subject to numerous spelling alterations since the names emerged in France. French surnames have a variety of spelling variations
because the French language has changed drastically over the centuries. French was developed from the vernacular Latin of the Roman Empire
. It is divided into three historic and linguistic periods: Old French, which developed before the 14th century; Middle French, which was used between the 14th and 16th centuries; and Modern French, which was used after the 16th century and continues to be in use today. In all of these periods, the French language was heavily influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when the barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heaviliy from the Italian language during the Renaissance
. Huguenot names have numerous variations. The name may be spelled Bass, Bassin, Bassen and others.
Early Notables of the Basen family (pre 1700)
Notable in the family at this time was William Basse (c.1583-1653), an English poet from Thame, Oxfordshire
, a follower of Edmund Spenser and it best known for his eulogy he wrote about... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Basen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Basen family to Ireland
Some of the Basen family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Basen family to the New World and Oceana
Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Basen were John Bass who settled in Virginia in 1637; followed by another Thomas Bass in Virginia in 1653; Gregory Bass settled in Virginia in 1642; Abraham Bass settled in Maryland in 1774.