Last name origins & meanings:
- English: from Old French bas(se) ‘low’, ‘short’ (Latin
bassus ‘thickset’; see Basso), either a descriptive
nickname for a short person or a status name meaning ‘of humble
origin’, not necessarily with derogatory connotations.
- English: in
some instances, from Middle English bace ‘bass’ (the fish),
hence a nickname for a person supposedly resembling this fish, or a
metonymic occupational name for a fish seller or fisherman.
- Scottish: habitational name from a place in Aberdeenshire, of
- Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name
for a maker or player of bass viols, from Polish, Ukrainian, and
Yiddish bas ‘bass viol’.
- German: see
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