Show ContentsBaskett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name Baskett began when it was derived from the Latin personal name Paschalis, often abbreviated to Pask or Pascal, which means Passover. An alternative derivation suggests that the name is derived from an abbreviation of the Old French word Basque, which referred to a native of Biscay.

Early Origins of the Baskett family

The surname Baskett was first found in the Isle of Wight and Dorset, where they held a family seat from about the 13th century.

Early History of the Baskett family

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Baskett 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 heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. Huguenot names have numerous variations. The name may be spelled Baskett, Basket, Baskit, Baskitt and others.

Early Notables of the Baskett family (pre 1700)

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Baskett Ranking

In the United States, the name Baskett is the 13,114th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Baskett migration to the United States +

Study of Passenger and Immigration lists has revealed that among early immigrants bearing the Baskett surname were:

Baskett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Francis Baskett, who landed in Virginia in 1643 [2]
  • William Baskett, who settled in 1650 in Virginia
  • William Baskett, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [2]
  • John Baskett, who settled in Nevis in 1654
  • John Baskett, who landed in America in 1663 [2]
Baskett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Baskett, who landed in North Carolina in 1760 [2]
Baskett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary Baskett, aged 26, who landed in New York, NY in 1842 [2]
  • Richard Baskett, who arrived in New York, NY in 1842 [2]
  • Mary, Jane and Richard Baskett all, who settled in New York in 1842
  • James Baskett, aged 7, who landed in New York, NY in 1842 [2]

New Zealand Baskett 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:

Baskett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Baskett, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Evening Star" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand in 1858 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Baskett (post 1700) +

  • Kendra "Kendra Wilkinson" Baskett (b. 1985), American glamour model and television personality
  • James Baskett (1904-1948), American actor, best known for his portrayal as Uncle Remus in the Disney film Song of the South for which he was given an Honorary Academy Award
  • Hank Baskett (b. 1982), American professional football player
  • Ann Baskett, English actress, critic, and painter

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. 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)
  3. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from on Facebook