The Bassilley family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from Basile, which means royal.
There is some disagreement about this name's origin. While the Anglo-Saxon
reference is strong, there is strong evidence that the name could have been derived from the name Bezilles, from Biszeilles in Flanders
. In this case, the name could have landed in England
and settled in Berkshire where the local
Besselsleigh was their ancient homestead.
Early Origins of the Bassilley family
The surname Bassilley was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire
in Bashall-Eaves, a township, in the parish of Mitton, union of Clitheroe, W. division of the wapentake
of Staincliffe and Ewcross. "This place has been variously designated Beckshalgh, Batsalve, Bakesholf, and Bashalll; but the first orthography is the true one, viz., Beckshalgh, or 'the hill by the brooks,' which agrees precisely with its situation: in Domesday Book
it is styled Baschelf. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Bassilley family
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Bassilley Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Bassilley include Basile, Bassil, Basil, Basill, Bassal, Basall, Basilie, Basille, Bazill, Bazil and many more.
Early Notables of the Bassilley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bassilley family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Bassilley were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Winnefred Basil who arrived in Boston in 1849.