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Where did the English Bynum family come from? What is the English Bynum family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bynum family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bynum family history?

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Bynum is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Norfolk.


The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Bynum has been spelled many different ways, including Baynham, Bayneham, Bainham, Banham, Banam and others.

First found in the county of Norfolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bynum research. Another 254 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1476 is included under the topic Early Bynum History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Bynum Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Bynum family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Bynums to arrive in North America:

Bynum Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • David Bynum, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1838

Bynum Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • William Bynum, who settled in America, in 1908
  • Sarah Bynum, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Mabel Bynum, aged 60, who emigrated to America, in 1910
  • Jossie Bynum, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, England, in 1912
  • Laura Bynum, aged 47, who landed in America from Liverpool, England, in 1912


  • William Dallas Bynum (1846-1927), U.S. Representative from Indiana
  • Reginald Deshain "Reggie" Bynum (b. 1964), former professional American football player
  • Kenneth Bernard "Kenny" Bynum (b. 1974), former American football running back
  • Laura Bynum (b. 1968), American author
  • Clarke Bynum (d. 2007), American basketball player
  • Juanita Bynum (b. 1959), American Pentecostal televangelist, author, actress and gospel singer
  • Freddie Lee Bynum Jr. (b. 1980), American professional baseball shortstop
  • Caroline Walker Bynum (b. 1941), American Medieval scholar
  • Hal Bynum (b. 1934), American songwriter
  • Josette "Josie" Bynum (b. 1977), American professional wrestler


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The Bynum Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bynum Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 4 September 2015 at 17:18.

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