Basom History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Basom is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in the town of Bosham, four miles from Chichester in Sussex.
Early Origins of the Basom family
The surname Basom was first found in Sussex, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Basom family
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Basom Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Basom were recorded, including Bosome, Bosom, Bossum, Bosham, Bosum, Bossom, Bossam, Bosam and many more.
Early Notables of the Basom family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: John Bossam, (fl. 1550), a prominent English painter, "mentioned by Nicholas Hilliard in a manuscript quioted by Vertue as 'that most rare English drawer of story works in black...
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Basom family emigrate to North America:
Basom Settlers in United States in the 20th Century