Show ContentsBason History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Bason is a name that was originally given to a person of small stature having derived from the Old English word bas, meaning short. Alternatively, the name could have been derived from the French word bas which has the same meaning. [1]

Early Origins of the Bason family

The surname Bason was first found in Leicestershire where "Bass is a Leicestershire name. Basse occurred in Cambridgeshire and Oxfordshire in the 13th century. Edward Bashe held the manor of Botelers in Prittlewell parish, Essex, in the reign of Elizabeth." [2]

Further north in Scotland, ancient records there found the name in Aberbuthenoth where "Andrew de Bas who was one of the jurors in a dispute regarding the Kirketun of Aberbuthenoth" in 1206. Apparently, he derived his name from Bass in Aberdeenshire. [3] Bass Isle is found in the parish of North Berwick, county of Haddington. [4]

Early History of the Bason family

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Bason 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 heaviliy from the Italian language during the Renaissance. Huguenot names have numerous variations. The name may be spelled Bass, Bassin, Bassen and others.

Early Notables of the Bason family (pre 1700)

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United States Bason migration to the United States +

Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Bason were

Bason Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mary Bason, who landed in Virginia in 1679 [5]
Bason Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Nicolaus Bason, who arrived in New York in 1709 [5]
  • Nicolas Bason, who landed in New York, NY in 1710 [5]
  • Frederick Bason, who arrived in New Jersey in 1763 [5]

Canada Bason migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bason Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Nicholas Bason, who arrived in New Brunswick in 1717

Australia Bason migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bason Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Bason, (b. 1796), aged 23, English weaver who was convicted in Chester, Cheshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Eliza" on 22nd September 1819, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]

New Zealand Bason 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:

Bason Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Bason, aged 44, a mason, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878
  • Margaret Bason, aged 43, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  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. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 10th February 2022). Retrieved from on Facebook