Basten History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Basten family

The surname Basten was first found in Granada, in southern Spain. Sebastian is a masculine given name that is derived from the Latin name Sebastianus meaning "from Sebastia" and is also a surname derived from Saint Sebastian (died c. 288), an early Christian saint and martyr.

Early History of the Basten family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Basten research. Another 82 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Basten History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Basten Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Sebastian, Sebastia, Sebastiao and others.

Early Notables of the Basten family (pre 1700)

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United States Basten migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Basten Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Basten, who sailed to Maryland or Virginia as an emigrant in bondage in 1737

Australia Basten migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Basten Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Basten, aged 30, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Constantine"

New Zealand Basten migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Basten Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • W. E. Basten, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Naomi" in 1872
  • Elizabeth Basten, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Naomi" in 1872
  • Ernest Basten, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Naomi" in 1872
  • G. S. Basten, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Naomi" in 1872
  • Rachael Basten, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Naomi" in 1872
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Basten (post 1700) +

  • Alice Henrietta Gertrude Basten (1876-1955), New Zealand businesswoman and politician, recipient of the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal in 1935
  • John Basten (b. 1947), Australian judge of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of New South Wales


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