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Where did the Welsh Binion family come from? What is the Welsh Binion family crest and coat of arms? When did the Binion family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Binion family history?

The name Binion is from the rugged landscape of Wales. It is a Celtic name that was derived from the Welsh personal name Enion, which was also spelled Einion and Eignon. The surname Binion features the distinctive Welsh patronymic prefix ab-. The original form of the name was ab- Enion,but the prefix has been assimilated into the surname over the course of time and the overall spelling has sometimes been extensively altered.

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Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Binion has occasionally been spelled Bunyon, Banyen, Benion, Benyan, Benyon, Bunyan, Bunyen, Banion, Banyan, O'Banion, O'Benyon and many more.

First found in Cheshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Binion research. Another 197 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1046, 1628 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Binion History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 47 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Binion Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Binion family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 55 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The Welsh migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Binion:

Binion Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Samuel A. Binion, aged 61, who landed in America, in 1903
  • L. A. Binion, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Eva Binion, aged 11, who settled in America, in 1912
  • Simma Binion, aged 35, who emigrated to America, in 1912

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  • Lester Ben "Benny" Binion (1904-1989), American casino owner and poker enthusiast, creator of the World Series of Poker
  • Joe Binion (b. 1961), retired American basketball player
  • Jack Binion (b. 1937), American casino operator


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The Binion Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Binion Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 29 August 2013 at 19:49.

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