Basile History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Basile is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that is derived from Basile, which means royal. There is some disagreement about this name's origin. While the Anglo-Saxon reference is strong, there is strong evidence that the name could have been derived from the name Bezilles, from Biszeilles in Flanders. In this case, the name could have landed in England and settled in Berkshire where the local Besselsleigh was their ancient homestead.

Early Origins of the Basile family

The surname Basile was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire in Bashall-Eaves, a township, in the parish of Mitton, union of Clitheroe, W. division of the wapentake of Staincliffe and Ewcross. "This place has been variously designated Beckshalgh, Batsalve, Bakesholf, and Bashalll; but the first orthography is the true one, viz., Beckshalgh, or 'the hill by the brooks,' which agrees precisely with its situation: in Domesday Book it is styled Baschelf. " [1]

Early History of the Basile family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Basile research. Another 221 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1219, 1251, 1273, 1273, 1500, 1674 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Basile History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Basile Spelling Variations

Basile has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Basile have been found, including Basile, Bassil, Basil, Basill, Bassal, Basall, Basilie, Basille, Bazill, Bazil and many more.

Early Notables of the Basile family (pre 1700)

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New Zealand Basile migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Basile Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Basile, Australian settler travelling from Sydney aboard the ship "Earl Durham" arriving in Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand in 1841 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Basile (post 1700) +

  • Alfio Rubén Basile (b. 1943), Argentine football coach and former player
  • Gianluca Basile (b. 1975), Italian basketball player
  • Giambattista Basile (1575-1632), Italian soldier and writer
  • François Basile Azemar, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [3]
  • Pierre Basile Benoit, Canadian farmer and Quebec politician, Member of the Canadian House of Commons
  • General Basile Gras (1836-1901), French inventor of the Gras rifle
  • Basile Guy Marie Victor Baltus de Pouilly, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [4]


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 11) François Azemar. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  4. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 11) Basile Baltus. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html


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