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Early Origins of the Basinger family

The surname Basinger was first found in Hampshire at Basing or Old Basing as it is sometimes known. This village and parish is in the union and hundred of Basingstoke. The first listing of this Saxon place name was found in 871 when it was listed as Basengum. An Anglo-Saxon tribe was known as the Basingas and some believe that is the true source of the village name as literally the place name means "settlement of the followers of a man called Basa." [1]

"This place is remarkable for having been the scene of the defeat of King Ethelred I by the Danes, in 871." [2] The Battle of Basing was on the 22nd of January in 871. "

At the period of the Norman survey, Hugh de Port held fifty-five lordships in the county, of which Basing was the head" [2] Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands who was recorded in the Domesday Book. Salomon de Basing was Lord Mayor of London in 1217 and years later, Adam de Basing was similarly Lord Mayor of London in 1251.

John Basing or Basingstoke (d. 1252), Archdeacon of Leicester, takes his name from the town of Basingstoke in Hampshire. "He seems to have been one of the earliest Englishmen who possessed a real knowledge of Greek, and was probably one of the first natives of our islands - if we except the doubtful instance of Johannes Scotus Erigena - who perfected himself in this language by a sojourn at Athens. " [3]

Early History of the Basinger family

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Basinger Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Basing, Basings, Bainges and others.

Early Notables of the Basinger family (pre 1700)

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Basinger Ranking

In the United States, the name Basinger is the 8,971st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4]

United States Basinger migration to the United States +

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Basinger or a variant listed above:

Basinger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Andreas Basinger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [5]
Basinger Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Percy W. Basinger, aged 32, who settled in America, in 1909
  • Emma Basinger, aged 52, who landed in America, in 1914
  • Nathaniel Basinger, aged 62, who immigrated to the United States, in 1914

Contemporary Notables of the name Basinger (post 1700) +

  • Scott Basinger, American Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Houston
  • William Starr Basinger (1827-1910), American lawyer, Confederate States Army military officer, state legislator, and academic, 2nd President of the University of North Georgia (1886-1893)
  • Michael Basinger (b. 1951), former American NFL football player who played for the Green Bay Packers during the 1974 season
  • David Basinger, American professor of philosophy at Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, New York
  • Jeanine Basinger (b. 1936), Professor of Film Studies and Founder and Curator of The Cinema Archives at Wesleyan University
  • Kimila Ann "Kim" Basinger (b. 1953), Academy Award-winning American film actress and former fashion model [6]
  • Simon Basinger (b. 1957), French musicologist and essayist

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. 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)
  6. Kimila Basinger. (Retrieved 2011, January 24) Kimila Basinger. Retrieved from on Facebook