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The name Bass was most likely taken on by someone who was 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


Bass Early Origins



The surname Bass 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
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]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Bass Isle is found in the parish of North Berwick, county of Haddington. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Bass Spelling Variations


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Bass 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.

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Bass Early History


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Bass Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bass research. Another 84 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1583, 1653, 1725, 1698, 1699, 1851 and 1878 are included under the topic Early Bass History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bass Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bass Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable in the family at this time was William Basse (c.1583-1653), an English poet from Thame, Oxfordshire, a follower of Edmund Spenser and it best known for his eulogy he wrote about...

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bass Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bass In Ireland


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Bass In Ireland



Some of the Bass family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 204 words (15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Early records show that people bearing the name Bass arrived in North America quite early:

Bass Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Samuel Bass, who landed in Braintree, Massachusetts in 1634
  • John Bass who settled in Virginia in 1637
  • John Bass, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • William Bass, who landed in Massachusetts in 1638
  • Mr Bass, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bass Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hannah Bass, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Susan Bass, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Eliz Bass, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • William Bass, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Thomas Bass, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bass Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Juan Bass, who landed in New Spain in 1836
  • Dettmar Bass, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1841
  • Adriana Bass, aged 25, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • Abraham Bass, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Helene Bass, who arrived in America in 1851

Bass Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Hiram Bass, who landed in Canada in 1841

Bass Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Bass, English convict from Buckinghamshire, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  • Samuel Bass, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843

Bass Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Bass, aged 28, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • Harriet Bass, aged 28, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • Sarah Bass, aged 4, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • James Bass, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waipa" in 1876

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bass (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bass (post 1700)



  • Don Bass (1946-2016), ring name of Donald Hollis Welch, an American professional wrestler
  • Ronald "Ron" Bass (b. 1942), American Academy Award winning screenwriter for Rain Man (1988)
  • Jules Bass (b. 1935), American director, producer, composer, and author
  • Perkins Bass (1912-2011), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Hampshire's 2nd district (1955-1963)
  • Hyman Bass (b. 1932), American mathematician awarded the Cole Prize for Algebra in 1975
  • Harry Brinkley "Brink" Bass (1916-1944), United States Navy pilot, twice awarded the Navy Cross for his deeds in WWII
  • Lance Bass (b. 1979), American singer and actor
  • Charles Foster "Charlie" Bass (b. 1952), American politician, member of the United States House of Representatives
  • Ensign Horace Ancel Bass Jr. (1915-1942), United States Navy officer and pilot who received the Navy Cross for his actions at the Battle of Midway
  • Saul Bass (1920-1996), American graphic designer and Academy Award-winning filmmaker who designed the AT&T "bell" logo, the Continental Airlines 1968 "jetstream" logo and many others
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Bass


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Suggested Readings for the name Bass



  • Ancestors of Moses Belcher Bass, Born in Boston July 1735, Died January 31,1817 by Susan Augusta Smith.
  • A Backwards Glance by Jane Parker McManus.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, 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. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843

Other References

  1. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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