Baysinger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Baysinger family
The surname Baysinger was first found in Hampshire at Basing or Old Basing as it is sometimes known. This village and parish is in the union and hundred of Basingstoke. The first listing of this Saxon place name was found in 871 when it was listed as Basengum. An Anglo-Saxon tribe was known as the Basingas and some believe that is the true source of the village name as literally the place name means "settlement of the followers of a man called Basa." 
"This place is remarkable for having been the scene of the defeat of King Ethelred I by the Danes, in 871."  The Battle of Basing was on the 22nd of January in 871. "
At the period of the Norman survey, Hugh de Port held fifty-five lordships in the county, of which Basing was the head"  Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands who was recorded in the Domesday Book. Salomon de Basing was Lord Mayor of London in 1217 and years later, Adam de Basing was similarly Lord Mayor of London in 1251.
John Basing or Basingstoke (d. 1252), Archdeacon of Leicester, takes his name from the town of Basingstoke in Hampshire. "He seems to have been one of the earliest Englishmen who possessed a real knowledge of Greek, and was probably one of the first natives of our islands - if we except the doubtful instance of Johannes Scotus Erigena - who perfected himself in this language by a sojourn at Athens. " 
Early History of the Baysinger family
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Baysinger Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Basing, Basings, Bainges and others.
Early Notables of the Baysinger family (pre 1700)
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Baysinger migration to the United States +
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Baysinger or a variant listed above:
Baysinger Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Samuel Baysinger, aged 45, who arrived at Batton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1912
Contemporary Notables of the name Baysinger (post 1700) +
- Dave Baysinger, American musician, member of Bleach, an American Christian rock band based in Nashville, Tennessee
- Reaves H. Baysinger (1902-1994), American head football coach at Syracuse from 1947 to 1948
- Hal Baysinger, Canadian quarterback, member of the 1932 Eastern All-Stars as selected by Canadian Press
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- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print