Binns History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestors of the Binns surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in the village and parish of Binns near Great Smeaton in Yorkshire. In medieval times, the name literally meant hollows, and indicated that the bearer lived near a hollow.
Early Origins of the Binns family
The surname Binns was first found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Binns family
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Binns Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Binns include Binns, Bins, Binnes, Binn and others.
Early Notables of the Binns family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Binns is the 7,046th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 
Migration of the Binns family to Ireland
Some of the Binns family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Binns Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Binns Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Binns Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Binns Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
HMS Royal Oak
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Labore et diligentia
Motto Translation: With labor and diligence.