Old Variations: Basquet, Bascote, Basuca.
At the time of commencing this ONS, in 2009:
Frequency: (673) (number of times this surname appears in a sample database of 88.7 million names, representing one third of the 1997 US population)
1. from Middle English basket baskett, hence a metonymic occupational name for a basket maker, or perhaps, as Reaney suggests, for someone who carried baskets of stone to a lime kiln. In some cases, it appears to have been a topographic name for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a basket (who was therefore probably a basket maker).
2. habitational name for someone from Bascote in Warwickshire, probably so named with an unattested Old English personal name Basuca + cot (cottage).
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