Origins Available: English
The name Basill has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon
name that was originally 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 Basill family
The surname Basill 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. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Basill family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Basill research.Another 441 words (32 lines of text) covering the years 1219, 1251, 1273, 1273, 1500, 1674 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Basill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Basill 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 Basill include Basile, Bassil, Basil, Basill, Bassal, Basall, Basilie, Basille, Bazill, Bazil and many more.
Early Notables of the Basill family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Basill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Basill family to the New World and Oceana
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:
Basill Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Ralph Basill, who landed in Virginia in 1655 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)