The name Banyon 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 Banyon 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 Banyon family
The surname Banyon 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 Banyon family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Banyon research.Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1046, 1628 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Banyon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Banyon Spelling Variations
There are relatively few surnames native to Wales
, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. Early variations of Welsh
surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic
, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh
names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations
were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Banyon have included Bunyon, Banyen, Benion, Benyan, Benyon, Bunyan, Bunyen, Banion, Banyan, O'Banion, O'Benyon and many more.
Early Notables of the Banyon family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Banyon family to Ireland
Some of the Banyon 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Banyon family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Banyon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Peter Banyon, who arrived in Canada in 1841