First name origin & meaning:
Old French: Short, low
First name variations: Basse, Basset
Last name origins & meanings:
- English: from Old French basset, a diminutive of
basse ‘low’, ‘short’, either a nickname for a short person or a
status name for someone of humble origins.
- William Bassett (c. 1598–1667) came to Plymouth, MA, from
Kent, England, in the 1620s; in about 1650 he moved to Duxbury and
subesequently to Bridgewater. He had many prominent descendants, among
them one of the earliest families on Martha’s Vineyard.
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