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Banister is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066. The Banister family lived in Lancashire, were they held lands and properties since the Norman Conquest in 1066. The name was also derived from the Old French term balestier which was transformed into arbalester which was an occupational name for a cross-bowman. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Literally the name was also derived from balister which meant a baluster or staircase. Alternatively, the name was perhaps originally Bainster, one who kept a bath; from Old English. and Old French 'bain,' a bath." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Charnock, Richard, Stephen, Ludus Patronymicus of The Etymology of Curious Surnames. London: Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1868. Print.


Banister Early Origins



The surname Banister was first found in Lancashire, at Walton-le-Dale, a township and chapelry, in the parish, and Lower division of the hundred, of Blackburn, union of Preston. "The manor was granted by the first Henry de Lacy, probably about 1130, to Robert Banastre, from whose family it passed in marriage to the Langtons." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Another branch was found in Welsh Whittle, again in Lancashire. "This township, under the name of Walsewythull, was held of the earls of Lincoln by the Banastre family in the reign of Henry III." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Altham, again in Lancashire was an important family seat. "Under the name of Elvetham, the manor [of Altham] was granted by the first Henry de Lacy to Hugo, a Saxon: John de Alvetham, Hugo's descendant, left an heiress who married into the Banastre family, and thus sprang the Banastres of Altham, who occupied the manor-house for five centuries." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Again in Lancashire, Billisborrow or Billsborough was another family seat. "The family of Billisburgh was early seated here, and in the reign of Edward II. the Banasters are mentioned as holding lands in 'Billesworth.' " [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Banister Spelling Variations


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Banister Spelling Variations



A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Bannister, Banister, Banester, Bannester, Bannaster, Banaster and many more.

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Banister Early History


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Banister Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Banister research. Another 200 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1149, 1400, 1533, 1610, 1578, 1626, 1624, 1679, 1654, 1692, 1721 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Banister History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Banister Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Banister Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Banister (1533-1610), an English anatomist, surgeon and teacher whoi published "The Historie of Man, from the most approved Authorities in this Present Age" in 1578; Richard Banister (died 1626), an English oculist of Stamford...

Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Banister Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Banister In Ireland


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Banister In Ireland



Some of the Banister family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Banister or a variant listed above:

Banister Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Banister, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Stephen Banister, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • John Banister who settled in Virginia in 1636
  • William Banister, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • William Banister, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Banister Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Samuel Banister, who landed in New England in 1716
  • Madam Banister, who landed in New England in 1716

Banister Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Aaron Banister, who arrived in Maryland in 1828
  • John Banister, who landed in Maryland in 1828
  • James Banister, who arrived in New York in 1840

Banister Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Banister arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Brankenmore" in 1846

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Contemporary Notables of the name Banister (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Banister (post 1700)



  • Zilpah Polly Grant Banister (1794-1874), American educator
  • Scott Banister (b. 1975), American entrepreneur and angel investor
  • Jeffery Todd Banister (b. 1965), American former professional baseball player
  • John Riley Banister (1854-1918), American law officer and Texas Ranger
  • John Banister (1734-1788), American delegate in the Continental Congress
  • William Guy Banister (1900-1964), American career member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Gaston D. Banister (b. 1828), American Republican politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 10th District, 1891-92
  • Emory Banister, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Worcester, Massachusetts, 1854-61
  • Edward O. Banister, American politician, Representative from New York 30th District, 1900
  • Diana Banister, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 2008
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Banister Historic Events


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Banister Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Norman Casson Banister, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Charnock, Richard, Stephen, Ludus Patronymicus of The Etymology of Curious Surnames. London: Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1868. Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  7. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  11. ...

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