The name Binnan 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 Binnan 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 Binnan family
The surname Binnan 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 Binnan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Binnan research.Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1046, 1628 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Binnan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Binnan 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 Binnan 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 Binnan family (pre 1700)
Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Binnan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Binnan family to Ireland
Some of the Binnan 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 Binnan family to the New World and Oceana
Many people from Wales
joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh
and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Binnan: 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