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From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Bassi. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Bassi family lived in Verona in 1279, when Daniele Basso was councilor of this city.

Bassi Early Origins



The surname Bassi was first found in Verona in 1279, when Daniele Basso was councillor of this city.

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Bassi Spelling Variations


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Bassi Spelling Variations



Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristi c. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Bassi include Bassa, Basso, Bassi, Bassoli, Basta, Bassolino and many more.

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Bassi Early History


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Bassi Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bassi research. Another 27 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1669 and 1717 are included under the topic Early Bassi History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bassi Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bassi Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 17 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bassi Notables 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 North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Bassi or a variant listed above:

Bassi Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anna Masse Bassi, aged 44, landed in Pennsylvania in 1732

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bassi (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bassi (post 1700)



  • Suzanne Bassi (b. 1945), U.S. politician
  • Giorgio Bassi (b. 1934), Italian race car driver
  • Giovanna Bassi (1762-1834), Italian ballerina
  • Agostino Bassi (1773-1856), Italian entomologist
  • Luigi Bassi (1766-1825), Italian operatic baritone
  • Laura Bassi (1711-1778), Italian scientist
  • Francesco Bassi (1642-1732), Italian painter
  • Bartolomeo Bassi (1600-1640), Italian painter
  • Martino Bassi (1542-1591), Italian architect
  • Agostino Maria Bassi (1773-1856), Italian biologist and bacteriologist
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    2. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    3. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    4. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    9. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    10. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    11. ...

    The Bassi Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bassi Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 22 October 2013 at 13:16.

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