Basket History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name of the Basket family is derived from the Latin personal name Paschalis, often abbreviated to Pask or Pascal, which means Passover. An alternative derivation suggests that the name is derived from an abbreviation of the Old French word Basque, which referred to a native of Biscay.

Early Origins of the Basket family

The surname Basket was first found in the Isle of Wight and Dorset, where they held a family seat from about the 13th century.

Early History of the Basket family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Basket research. Another 46 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1450, 1500, and 1786 are included under the topic Early Basket History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Basket Spelling Variations

Huguenot surnames were only slightly Anglicized, and they remain to this day a distinct group of surnames in England. Nevertheless, Huguenot surnames have been subject to numerous spelling alterations since the names emerged in France. French surnames have a variety of spelling variations because the French language has changed drastically over the centuries. French was developed from the vernacular Latin of the Roman Empire. It is divided into three historic and linguistic periods: Old French, which developed before the 14th century; Middle French, which was used between the 14th and 16th centuries; and Modern French, which was used after the 16th century and continues to be in use today. In all of these periods, the French language was heavily influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when the barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. Huguenot names have numerous variations. The name may be spelled Baskett, Basket, Baskit, Baskitt and others.

Early Notables of the Basket family (pre 1700)

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United States Basket migration to the United States +

Some of the first North American settlers with Basket name or one of its variants:

Basket Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Basket, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [1]

New Zealand Basket 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:

Basket Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Harriet Basket, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Edinburgh" in 1873


  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)


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