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Origins Available: English, Welsh


The Banyen 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.

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The surname Banyen 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.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bunyon, Banyen, Benion, Benyan, Benyon, Bunyan, Bunyen, Banion, Banyan and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Banyen research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1628 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Banyen History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Banyen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Banyen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 55 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 in 1754..

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