Bassotti History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Bassotti. 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 Bassotti family lived in Verona in 1279, when Daniele Basso was councilor of this city.

Early Origins of the Bassotti family

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

Early History of the Bassotti family

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Bassotti 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 Bassotti include Bassa, Basso, Bassi, Bassoli, Basta, Bassolino and many more.

Early Notables of the Bassotti family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Giovanni Bassignani (1669-1717), an Italian architect and engineer of the late-Baroque. Luigi Bassi, born at Pesaro 1766, died at Dresden 1825. An eminent baritone singer, first appeared on the stage in women's parts at the age of...
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United States Bassotti migration to the United States +

Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Bassotti or a variant listed above:

Bassotti Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Constantino Bassotti, who arrived in New York, NY in 1836 [1]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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