Baskin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Today's generation of the Baskin family inherits a name that was first used by the Scottish tribe known as the Picts. The first family to use the name Baskin lived in Banff (part of the modern Grampian region), where the family has a rich history dating back many years.

Early Origins of the Baskin family

The surname Baskin was first found in Banffshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Bhanbh), former Scottish county located in the northeasterly Grampian region of Scotland, now of divided between the Council Areas of Moray and Aberdeenshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Baskin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Baskin research. Another 83 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1653, 1679 and 1672 are included under the topic Early Baskin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Baskin Spelling Variations

Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. Baskin has appeared Baskins, Baskens, Baskin, Basking, Basken and many more.

Early Notables of the Baskin family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Baskin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Baskin migration to the United States +

Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Baskin:

Baskin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Baskin, who landed in Virginia in 1639 [1]
Baskin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Baskin, who settled in Delaware in 1785

Canada Baskin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Baskin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Baskin, aged 22, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838
  • Robert Baskin, aged 25, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838
  • Moses Baskin, aged 23, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838

Contemporary Notables of the name Baskin (post 1700) +

  • Robert Newton Baskin (b. 1837), American politician in Utah
  • Pat McKinney Baskin (1926-2005), American jurist, Judge of the 142nd State District Court in Midland, Texas (1980-1992)
  • Nora Baskin, American author of books for children and young adults
  • David S. Baskin, American neurosurgeon and director of the Kenneth R. Peak Brain & Pituitary Tumor Center
  • John Baskin, American television writer and producer, known for his work on Three's Company, Good Times, The Jeffersons, and Crazy Like a Fox
  • Burt "Butch" Baskin (1913-1967), American businessman, co-founder of Baskin-Robbins ice cream parlors in 1946 with his partner and brother-in-law Irv Robbins
  • Leonard Baskin (1922-2000), American sculptor, graphic artist, and teacher
  • Olive "Bibi" Baskin, Irish former television and radio presenter, known for her legendary red hair
  • Theodore Baskin (b. 1950), American classical oboe player, Professor of Oboe at the Indiana University School of Music from 2000 to 2002
  • Jeremy Baskin (b. 1962), South African labor market analyst

The Baskin Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Armis et diligentia
Motto Translation: By arms and diligence.

Suggested Readings for the name Baskin +

  • 4021 "The Baskin(s) Family, South Carolina-Pennsylvania" by Raymond Martin Bell.

  1. ^ 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) on Facebook
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