Last name origins & meanings:
- Spanish (of Basque origin): topographic name from Basque
baso ‘wood’, ‘forest’.
- Catalan: variant spelling of
Bassa, a topographic name from Catalan bassa ‘pool’,
- Hungarian: from the old secular personal name
Basa, or from Bazsa, a pet form of the ecclesiastical
name Bazsil, from Greek Basileios (see Basil). In
some cases the Hungarian family name could be a derivative of the
Turkish başa (see Basha), probably as a nickname for
a self-important person or someone who had dealings with the Turkish
authorities or occupying forces.
- Polish: metonymic
occupational name for a musician, from basa, dialect form of
basy ‘musical instrument’.
- Balkan (Muslim): variant
of Turkish Pasha.
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