Basta 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 Basta. 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 Basta family lived in Verona in 1279, when Daniele Basso was councilor of this city.

Early Origins of the Basta family

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

Early History of the Basta family

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

Early Notables of the Basta 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 Basta migration to the United States +

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

Basta Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Albert Basta, who landed in Mississippi in 1899 [1]
Basta Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Antonio Basta, aged 29, who settled in America, in 1903
  • Antonio Basta, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from Salerno, Italy, in 1904
  • Anna Basta, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Agostino Basta, aged 37, who settled in America from Carfizzi, Italy, in 1910
  • Antonio Basta, aged 32, who landed in America from Carfizzi, Italy, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name Basta (post 1700) +

  • Ricardo Basta, American jewelry designer in Southern California
  • Giorgio Basta (1544-1607), Count of Huszt, an Italian general of Arbëreshë (Albanian) descent
  • Jan Bašta (1860-1936), famous Czech engineer, writer, and researcher
  • Adrian Basta (b. 1988), Polish footballer
  • Dušan Basta (b. 1984), Serbian footballer

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Andrew Basta, American Third Class Passenger from Detroit, Michigan, United States who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [2]

  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)
  2. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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