Banner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Banner began among the descendants of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. It was a name for a person who was the standard bearer for the king. While the origin of this name is still somewhat in dispute, most references agree that the name is derived from the Old English word banere and the word man. The family claim that their progenitor was standard-bearer to Malcolm Ceanmore about 1070.

Early Origins of the Banner family

The surname Banner was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they held a family seat at Clyntreys. The first of the name on record is Donald Bannerman, King's Physician to King David II of Scotland in the year 1368, although traditionally the family claim that their progenitor was Standard Bearer to Malcolm Canmore in Scotland about the year 1070.

Important Dates for the Banner family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Banner research. Another 144 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1382, 1400, 1467, 1500, and 1715 are included under the topic Early Banner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Banner Spelling Variations

Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations were a common result of this process. Banner has appeared Bannerman, Bannaman, Bannermane, Banerman, Banermain, Bannermain and many more.

Early Notables of the Banner family (pre 1700)

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Banner migration to the United States

Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence. The Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Banner name:

Banner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christian Banner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753 [1]
Banner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter Banner, who arrived in America in 1801 [1]
  • John Banner, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Anton Banner, aged 17, who arrived in New York, NY in 1849 [1]

Banner migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Banner Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Paulina Banner, aged 29, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Johann Banner, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Andreas Banner, aged 29, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902

Banner migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Banner Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • H. A. Banner, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "St. Leonards" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Banner (post 1700)

  • Peter Banner, English-born, American architect and builder who designed the Park Street Church in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Penny Banner (1934-2008), ring name of Mary Ann Kostecki, American professional wrestler, Commissioner of the Professional Girl Wrestling Association (PGWA) from 1992 until her death
  • Lois Wendland Banner (b. 1939), American feminist author
  • Joe Banner (b. 1953), American football executive, former Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland Browns and former President of the Philadelphia Eagles (2001-2012)
  • Jill Banner (1946-1982), born Mary Kathryn Molumby, American actress, known for her roles in Spider Baby or, The Maddest Story Ever Told (1967), The President's Analyst (1967) and A Man, a Horse, a Gun (1967)
  • David Banner (b. 1974), American rapper, record producer, and actor
  • John Banner (1910-1973), Austrian-born, American actor, best known for his role as the Luftwaffe prison-camp guard Sergeant Schultz in the TV series Hogan's Heroes (1965) and his catchphrase, "I know nothing! I see nothing! I hear nothing!"
  • Robert James Banner Jr. (1921-2011), American producer, writer and director, best known as the co-producer for The Carol Burnett Show (1967-1972)
  • Mr. David Anthony Banner M.B.E.,, British Developer and Publisher of Interactive Entertainment Products, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to the Video Games Industry [2]
  • Peter Banner (b. 1948), English professional rugby league footballer who represented Wales in 1975
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Banner family

HMS Cornwall
  • David Morrison Banner (d. 1942), British Leading Seaman aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [3]
RMS Lusitania

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  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018,
  3. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from
  4. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from
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