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Banyard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Banyard is from the rugged landscape of Wales. It is a Celtic name that was derived from the Welsh personal name Enion, which was also spelled Einion and Eignon. The surname Banyard features the distinctive Welsh patronymic prefix ab-. The original form of the name was ab- Enion,but the prefix has been assimilated into the surname over the course of time and the overall spelling has sometimes been extensively altered.

Early Origins of the Banyard family

The surname Banyard 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.

Early History of the Banyard family

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Banyard Spelling Variations

Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations. These spelling variations began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Banyard name over the years has been spelled Bunyon, Banyen, Benion, Benyan, Benyon, Bunyan, Bunyen, Banion, Banyan, O'Banion, O'Benyon and many more.

Early Notables of the Banyard family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Banyard family to Ireland

Some of the Banyard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Banyard family to the New World and Oceana

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Banyard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Elisabeth Banyard, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757

Contemporary Notables of the name Banyard (post 1700)

  • Joe Banyard (b. 1988), American NFL football running back with the Minnesota Vikings
  • Kat Banyard (b. 1982), British author and speaker on sexual equality
  • Steve Banyard (b. 1963), English freelance television commentator on football tournaments

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