Origins Available: English
The Banyan surname comes from the Old French word "bugne," meaning "swelling," or "protuberance," and as such was most likely originally a nickname
for someone disfigured by a lump or hump. As the French term bugnon, from the same root was also used to describe a type of puffed-up fruit tart, the surname may also have arisen as an occupational
name for a baker of such items.
Early Origins of the Banyan family
The surname Banyan was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. A family of this name has long been established in Ampthill, Bedfordshire
, where the name is on record from 1199.
Early History of the Banyan family
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Banyan Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Bunyon, Banyen, Benion, Benyan, Benyon, Bunyan, Bunyen, Banion, Banyan and many more.
Early Notables of the Banyan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Banyan family to Ireland
Some of the Banyan family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Banyan family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Robert Bunyon who settled in Georgia in 1733 with his wife and two daughters; James Bunyon settled in New England
in 1764; Anne Bunyon settled in New England