Last name: BASS

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BASS : This last name is indexed 177,528 times on Geneanet!

Origin of last name

BASS : 1: English: from Middle English bas(e) bass Old French bas(se) ‘low short’ (from Latin bassus ‘thickset’ i.e. wide as opposed to tall) either a descriptive nickname for a short person or a status name meaning ‘of humble origin’ not necessarily with derogatory connotations.2: English: from the Middle English personal name Bas(s)e. This could be an Old French form of ancient Germanic Baso (perhaps meaning ‘purple’) or more commonly a pet form of Middle English and Old French Basile or Basily used of men and women alike. Compare Basley and Basil.3: English: in some instances from Middle English bærs bas ‘freshwater perch bass or any of various related or similar fish such as the sea bass’ hence a nickname for a person supposedly resembling this fish or a metonymic occupational name for a fish seller or fisherman.4: Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): variant of Bas.5: German: variant of Basse.6: French (mainly Alsace): variant of Bas ‘short of low stature’ or a surname of German origin (see 5 above).

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