Bascom Family History & Genealogy

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Bascom Surname History

Tracing the ancestry of Thomas Bascom and the roots of the Bascom name is difficult. The two most popular theories are that Thomas was descended either from a branch of the Battiscombe families of southern England or from a line of French Huguenots bearing the Bascom name.  The French theory suggests the name originated from "Basque Homme", although there is no evidence to prove this.  There are large branches of the family in England today who spell the name Bascombe, and another branch in the Caribbean who spell the name Bascomb.


Thomas Bascom was born about 1602 in Dorset England.  He came to Dorchester, near Boston, Massachusetts about 1634.  The majority of Bascoms in the United States can trace their ancestry back to Thomas Bascom.  Since 1949 the Bascoms in New England have been holding family reunions every three years.  For more information on the reunions, and the genealogy collected by the Bascom Reunion Association, see

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Bascom Country of Origin, Nationality, & Ethnicity

Bascoms are commonly found in the parish registers in England in the 1600s.  

Bascom Meaning & Etymology

One theory suggests the name came from the French "Basque Homme" meaning a Basque man.   Another is the family resided in Boscombe, England.   A third theory is the name was shortened from Battiscombe, which is an old established English family.  

Bascom Life Expectancy

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Most Common Bascom First Names

According to our database of 1,265 people with the last name Bascom that have a first name listed, these are the most common first names:

  • George 2.5%
  • William 2.2%
  • Charles 1.8%
  • Mary 1.8%
  • Robert 1.6%
  • John 1.5%
  • Elizabeth 1.3%
  • James 1.1%
  • Harold 1.1%
  • Alice 0.9%
  • Arthur 0.9%
  • Joseph 0.9%
  • Thomas 0.9%
  • Richard 0.9%
  • Helen 0.8%
  • Margaret 0.8%
  • Dorothy 0.8%
  • Donald 0.7%
  • Henry 0.7%
  • Harry 0.6%
  • Frank 0.6%
  • Albert 0.6%
  • Willard 0.6%
  • Anna 0.6%
  • Daniel 0.6%
  • Cecil 0.6%
  • Roy 0.5%
  • Chester 0.5%
  • Howard 0.5%
  • Perry 0.5%
  • Ruth 0.5%
  • Herbert 0.5%
  • Sarah 0.5%
  • Olive 0.5%
  • Frances 0.5%
  • Raymond 0.5%
  • Paul 0.5%
  • Eunice 0.5%
  • Eugene 0.4%
  • David 0.4%
  • Ralph 0.4%
  • J 0.4%
  • Clara 0.4%
  • W 0.4%
  • Michael 0.4%
  • Kenneth 0.4%
  • Gladys 0.4%
  • Mabel 0.4%
  • Edward 0.4%
  • Shirley 0.4%

Bascom Pronunciation & Spelling Variations

Bascom (common in America)Bascombe (common in England)Bascomb (common in the Caribbean)

Last names similar to Bascom

Bascomb, Bascombare, Bascombe, Bascombruce, Bascome, Bascomemcgill, Bascomeric, Bascom Lamar Lunsford, Bascon, Bascón, Bascona, Basconcello, Basconcilio, Basconcillo, Basconcillos, Bascone, Basconer, Bascones, Basconi, Basconis