Banes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Banes is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Banes family lived in Baynes, near Bayeux, Normandy.  Today Baynes is part of Lower Normandy.
Early Origins of the Banes family
The surname Banes was first found in Dover, where Eustace de Bauns, witnessed a charter of William Peverill of Dover temp. William the Conqueror. Lucas de Bans, or Bayons, was from Lincolnshire. 
Indeed the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Henry de Bayns and John de Bayns in Lincolnshire at that time. A few years later, John de Bayns was listed in Staffordshire temp. Henry III- Edward I. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls had only one listing of the name, Thomas de Baines in 1379.  The Assize Rolls of Lancashire listed William Banes in 1246. 
"The principal mansion [of Littledale, Lancashire], called the Craggs, was granted by the first lord Monteagle to Richard Baines, his standard-bearer, for heroic conduct in the battle of Flodden-Field; and on the estate is a field which the standard-bearer named Flodden, from its similarity to the field whence his fortunes and honors sprang." 
From about the 16th century, the name was found further north in Scotland. "Alexander Banys had a respite in 1541 for art and part of the slauchter of Schir William Stevinsoune, chaplane, on the Links of Kincrag about nine years before. This name was not uncommon in St. Andrews in the sixteenth century, and Thomas Banis, a bluegown, is recorded there in 1583. Andrew Beanes, flesher in Edinburgh, 1617, and another Andrew Baines was locksmith there, 1676." 
Early History of the Banes family
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Banes Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Baines, Banes, Baynes, Bayns, Baynnes, Bainnes and others.
Early Notables of the Banes family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Adam Baynes (bapt.1622-1671), an English parliamentary army officer and MP for Leeds during the Commonwealth
Ralph Baynes (d. 1559), was Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry and a native of Knowsthorp in Yorkshire. 
Roger Baynes (1546-1623), was Secretary to Cardinal Allen and was born in England in 1546. 
Sir Thomas Baines, M.D. (1622-1680), was an English physician, the lifelong companion of...
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Banes migration to the United States +
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Banes or a variant listed above:
Banes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Martha Banes, aged 20, who settled in Boston in 1635
- Martha Banes, who settled in Boston in 1635
- Martha Banes, who arrived in New England in 1635 
- Was Banes, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1651 
- William Banes, who landed in New England in 1651 
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Banes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Alexander Banes, who landed in Virginia in 1705 
- Win Banes, who arrived in Virginia in 1713 
Banes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William Banes, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1820 
Contemporary Notables of the name Banes (post 1700) +
- Sally Banes (b. 1949), American dance historian, writer, and critic
- Bobby Joe "Joey" Banes Jr. (b. 1967), American former NFL offensive tackle who played in the 1990 and 1992 seasons
- Lisa Banes (b. 1955), American Drama Desk Award nominated actress
- Matthew John Banes (b. 1979), English cricketer
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The Banes Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Vel arte vel marte
Motto Translation: Either by art or strength.
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