The ancestry of the name Bashforth dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in Nottinghamshire
having derived from the Old English word basaforde,
which means the dweller by the birch-ford.
Another reference suggests that the names was derived from the ford near the home of Bassa
(Bassa's ford) or from the French expression le bas ford,
meaning the lower ford.
Today there are also towns named Basford in Cheshire
and the surname may indicate a person's residence in one of these places.
Early Origins of the Bashforth family
The surname Bashforth was first found in Nottinghamshire
, near Nottingham
where one of the first records of the name was found as Chaplain de Basford who was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls
Early History of the Bashforth family
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Bashforth Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bashforth have been found, including Bassford, Basford, Bassforde, Basforde, Bashford, Bashforde, Bashfield, Bashfeild and many more.
Early Notables of the Bashforth family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bashforth family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Bashforth, or a variant listed above: Ann Basford who settled in Virginia in 1677; William Basford settled in Virginia in 1635; John Basford arrived in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1866. Ann Bashfield settled in Virginia in 1650.