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Bassett Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): from Old French basset ‘of low stature’ a diminutive of basse ‘low short’ either a nickname for a short person or a status name for someone of humble origins. Altered form of French Bessette 1 or Besset (see Bessette ).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Bassette, Baskett, Bissett, Gassett, Barrett, Hassett, Massett

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Where is the Bassett family from?

You can see how Bassett families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bassett family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bassett families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 173 Bassett families living in Massachusetts. This was about 29% of all the recorded Bassett's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Bassett families in 1840.
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What did your Bassett ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Bassett. 13% of Bassett men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Bassett women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bassett were Carpenter and Stenographer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 213,000 census records available for the last name Bassett. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bassett census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 18,000 immigration records available for the last name Bassett. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 30,000 military records available for the last name Bassett. For the veterans among your Bassett ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bassett lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Bassett life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Bassett in 1941 was 60, and 77 in 2004.

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