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Banbury History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The ancient roots of the Banbury family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Banbury comes from when the family lived in Banbury, a town in the county of Oxfordshire.

Early Origins of the Banbury family


The surname Banbury was first found in Oxfordshire, at Banbury, a market town and civil parish on the River Cherwell, now in the Cherwell District. The place name dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was first listed as Banesberie [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
but a Saxon chieftain is said to have built a stockade there as early as the 6th century. Literally, the place name means "stronghold of a man called Ban(n)a," from the Old English personal name + "burh." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Banbury Castle was built in 1135 by Alexander, Bishop of Lincoln, in a motte and bailey design. King Stephen claimed the castle in 1139 but later that year he returned it to the bishop. Archeological digs in the 1970s confirmed that it was rebuilt between 1225 and 1250. In 1648, it was demolished and stones from the castle were later used to build houses in the town.

Early History of the Banbury family


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Banbury Spelling Variations


One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Banbury has appeared include Banbury, Bandbury, Bandebury, Bandury, Bambury, Bamberry and many more.

Early Notables of the Banbury family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Banbury family to Ireland


Some of the Banbury family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Banbury family to the New World and Oceana


At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Banbury arrived in North America very early:

Banbury Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jane Banbury, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1685

Banbury Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ann Banbury who settled in Baltimore in 1790

Banbury Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Robert Banbury was a fisherman in Burin, Newfoundland in 1871 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Joseph and Mentor Banbury were fishermen in Pool's Cove, Newfoundland in 1871 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Samuel Banbury was a planter in By du Nord, Newfoundland in 1877 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Banbury Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Banbury, aged 29, a stonemason, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • Mary A. Banbury, aged 23, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • Stephen Banbury, aged 26, a stonemason, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • Sophia Banbury, aged 22, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • Albert Banbury, aged 2, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Banbury (post 1700)


  • Jen Banbury, American playwright, author and journalist who studied at Yale University and was a member of Manuscript Society
  • Coach Banbury, American football coach, the 10th head college football coach for Fairmount College (now Wichita State University) in 1918
  • Blake Banbury, Canadian two-time Directors Guild of Canada Award nominated director, known for his work on 40 Days and 40 Nights (2002), Elf (2003) and The Deadly Pledge (2007)
  • Frith Banbury (1912-2008), English actor and stage director, known for his roles in The Holly and the Ivy, Waters of the Moon, and The Deep Blue Sea; he was a regular director at the Old Vic
  • Sir Frederick Banbury (1850-1936), 1st Baron Banbury of Southam, British businessman and Conservative Member of Parliament

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Citations


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

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