Early Origins of the Basil family
The surname Basil was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France where the family has been a prominent family for centuries, and held a family seat
with lands and manor. The family were well established in the region of Dijonnais and several members of the family distinguished themselves through their contributions toward the community in which they lived and were rewarded with lands, titles and letters patent confirming their nobility. One of the more interesting records found was that of Pierre Basile (died April 6, 1199), also named Bertran de Gurdun and John Sabroz, a French boy famous for shooting King Richard I of England
with a crossbow at the siege of Châlus-Chabrol on March 25, 1199. Apparently, King Richard was not mortally wounded by Basile's bolt but the wound resulted in gangrene which lead to the king's demise. Before the king's death King Richard ordered that Basile suffer no punishment but after Basile was hanged for his actions.
Early History of the Basil family
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Basil Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Basile, Bassile, Bazille, Bazil, Basil, Bazell, Bazill, Baziret, Bazirais, Bazillon, Bazire, Basle, Bazilly, Bazillays, Bazillais, Bazoilles, Bazillac, Basillon, Bazon, Bezon, Bazonniere, de Basile and many more.
Early Notables of the Basil family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Basil family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Basil Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Basil, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
- Winnefred Basil who arrived in Boston in 1849
Contemporary Notables of the name Basil (post 1700)
- Richard Basil (b. 1967), American former head football coach at Savannah State University
- Toni Basil (b. 1943), stage name of Antonia Christina Basilotta, an American singer-songwriter, actress, filmmaker, film director, choreographer, and dancer, best known for her multi-million selling worldwide No. 1 hit "Mickey" from 1982
- Stephen John Basil (1893-1962), American Major League Baseball umpire who worked in the American League from 1936 to 1942
- Alvadon Basil Williams (1949-2015), West Indian cricketer who played in seven Tests from 1978 to 1979
- Charles Basil Foster (1923-2017), English-born Canadian publicist, newspaper editor, author and songwriter
- Sir Arthur Basil Markham (1866-1916), 1st Baronet of Beachborough Park, Kent, English peer, English industrialist and politician
- William Basil McIvor OBE PC (1928-2004), Ulster Unionist politician and barrister
- Paul Basil O'Halloran (b. 1950), former Australian politician, Member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly for Braddon (2010-2014)
- Damian Basil D'Oliveira (1960-2014), South African cricketer who played first-class cricket for Worcestershire
- Benjamin Basil Heatley (b. 1933), British silver medalist marathon runner at the 1964 Summer Olympics
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- ^ 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)