Banner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Banner family

The surname Banner was first found in East Prussia and Silesia, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as numerous branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some of which were located in other countries. Through the acquisition of these estates as well as their important contributions to society, the family successfully elevated their social status.

Important Dates for the Banner family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Banner research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1596, 1641, 1651, and 1681 are included under the topic Early Banner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Banner Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Baner, Banner, Bayner, Bainer and others.

Early Notables of the Banner family (pre 1700)

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Banner migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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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