Where did the English Bassett family come from? What is the English coat of arms/family crest? When did the Bassett family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Bassett has been recorded under many different variations, including Bassett, Basset, Bassit, Basett and others.
First found in the county of Glamorgan, Wales, where they had been granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest in 1066.
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Bassetts were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Oliver Bassett who settled in the Barbados in 1635; George Basset in Virginia 1637; William Basset in Virginia in 1622; Arnold Basset settled in New York state in 1693.
Motto Translated: For King and people.
Suggested Readings for the name Bassett
* Joseph Bassett, Englishman and American by Barbara M. Anderson.
Some noteworthy people of the name Bassett
* Angela Bassett (b. 1958), African-American actor
* Charles Bassett (1931-1966), American, NASA astronaut
* Leslie Bassett (b. 1923), American composer
* William Isiah Bassett (1869-1937), English footballer (soccer player)
* John White Hughes Bassett, Canadian publisher and media baron.
* Sir Walter Bassett (1892-1978), Australian engineer
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