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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.

Basta Early Origins



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

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Basta Spelling Variations


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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 characteristi c. 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.

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Basta Early History


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Basta Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Basta research. Another 27 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1669 and 1717 are included under the topic Early Basta History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Basta Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Basta Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 17 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Basta Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

Basta Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Antonio Basta, aged 29, who settled in America, in 1903
  • Antonio Basta, aged 25, who emigrated 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Basta (post 1700)


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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
  • Adrian Basta (b. 1988), Polish footballer
  • Dušan Basta (b. 1984), Serbian footballer

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Basta Historic Events


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Basta Historic Events




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 on May 29th 1914

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    4. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    7. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    8. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    9. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    10. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    11. ...

    The Basta Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Basta Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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