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Family name origins & meanings

  • French : variant of Besset, from a diminutive of bès ‘birch’, or possibly of French Basset (see Bassette). The ending is not feminine, but reflects the Canadian custom of pronouncing a final -t, which is generally silent in metropolitan French.
  • A Besset with the secondary surname Brisetout arrived in Chambly, Quebec, in 1665.