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Early Origins of the Bassingbourne family

The surname Bassingbourne 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 Bassingbourne family

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Bassingbourne Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Bassingbourne are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bassingbourne include Bassingborn, Bassingborne, Basingborn, Basingborne, Bassingburn, Bassingyrn, Bassingbyrne, Basingburn, Basingbyrn, Basinbyrne, Basingford, Basingforth, Bassingford, Bassingforth, Bassington and many more.

Early Notables of the Bassingbourne family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Bassingbourne family

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Bassingbourne, 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