Bantam History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Bantam family
The surname Bantam was first found in Northumberland, where Osgode on Badingtune was listed there in 972.  Bainton (St. Mary), is a parish, in the union of Stamford, soke of Peterborough in Northumberland. Bainton is also found in Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Yorkshire  as the place name literally means "estate associated with a man called Bada," from the Old English personal name + "-ing" + "tun."  Cambridgeshire has the oldest listing of the place name c. 980 when it was spelt Badingtun.
Early History of the Bantam family
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Bantam Spelling Variations
The name Bantam, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Baynton, Bayntun, Bainton, Bainten, Banting, Baynten and many more.
Early Notables of the Bantam family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Sir Henry Bayntun of Bromham, Wiltshire; Sir Edward Bayntun (1480-1544), from Bromham, Wiltshire; he was a gentleman at the court of Henry VIII of England, vice-chamberlain to Anne Boleyn, and brother-in-law of Queen Catherine Howard, Henry VIII's fifth wife; Sir Edward Bayntun (1593-1657), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1614 and 1653; Sir Edward Bayntun (1618-1679), an English politician who sat in...
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Bantam migration to the United States +
The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Bantam family, or who bore a variation of the surname Bantam were
Bantam Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Johnues Bantam, aged 37, who landed in New York in 1812 
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The Bantam 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: Il tempo passa
Motto Translation: Time passes.
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ 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)