Meaning and Origin of: Bassett

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old French : Short, low

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • 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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