From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice
emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Bassis. 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 Bassis family lived in Verona in 1279, when Daniele Basso was councilor of this city.
Early Origins of the Bassis family
The surname Bassis was first found in Verona in 1279, when Daniele Basso was councillor of this city.
Early History of the Bassis family
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Bassis 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 characteristic. 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 Bassis include Bassa, Basso, Bassi, Bassoli, Basta, Bassolino and many more.
Early Notables of the Bassis family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bassis family to the New World and Oceana
Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Bassis or a variant listed above: Antonio Basso, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1875, and B.B. Basso, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1823 at the age of 24.