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Early Origins of the Bassingborne family

The surname Bassingborne was first found in Cambridgeshire where one of the first records of the family was Hmphrey de Bassingbourne (fl. 1206), "an itinerant justice in the year 1206, when certain fines were acknowledged before him and Richard de Seing at St. Edmund's, Cambridge, and Bedford. On this occasion he is called Humphrey, Archdeacon of Salisbury, and Foss has identified this Humphrey with the Humphrey de Bassingbourne who, according to Le Neve, was Archdeacon of Sarum in various years from 1188 to 1222. " [1]

Today, Bassingbourne is a parish, in the union of Royston, hundred of Armingford in Cambridgeshire. [2]

Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands and village of Bassingborne, held by Leofing from Hardwin of Scales, a Norman Baron, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Bassingborne family

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Bassingborne Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Bassingborn, Bassingborne, Basingborn, Basingborne, Bassingburn, Bassingyrn, Bassingbyrne, Basingburn, Basingbyrn, Basinbyrne, Basingford, Basingforth, Bassingford, Bassingforth, Bassington and many more.

Early Notables of the Bassingborne family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Bassingborne family

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bassingborne or a variant listed above: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

  1. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. on Facebook