Bynoe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Bynoe 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 Bynoe 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 Bynoe family

The surname Bynoe 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.

Important Dates for the Bynoe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bynoe research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1046, 1628 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Bynoe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bynoe 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 Bynoe 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 Bynoe family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Bynoe family to Ireland

Some of the Bynoe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 33 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bynoe migration to the United States

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 Bynoe:

Bynoe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Estella Bynoe, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Frederick Bynoe, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States, in 1894
Bynoe Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Caroline Bynoe, aged 20, who landed in America from Bridgetown, Barbados, in 1912
  • Theophouls W Bynoe, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States, in 1914
  • Hubert Bynoe, aged 35, who settled in America, in 1917
  • Joseph Bynoe, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1918
  • Edward Bynoe, aged 22, who immigrated to America from Bridgetown, Barbados, in 1918
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Bynoe (post 1700)

  • Peter Charles Bernard Bynoe (b. 1951), American attorney and businessman based in Chicago
  • Philip Earl Bynoe, American Emmy Award-winning, three-time Grammy nominated bassist
  • Michael Robin Bynoe (b. 1941), former West Indian cricketer who played in four Tests
  • Dame Hilda Louisa Gibbs Bynoe DBE (b. 1921), Governor of Grenada (1967 to 1972)
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