Bannister Family History

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Bannister Name Meaning

English: metonymic occupational name for a basket weaver, from Anglo-Norman French banastre ‘basket’ (the result of a Late Latin cross between Gaulish benna and Greek kanistron). The term denoting a stair rail is unconnected with this name; it was not used before the 17th century.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Banner, Baptiste, Pannier, Pallister, Ballester, Cannistra, Wanner

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Bannister Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Bannister name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Bannister. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • France


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Bannister Family Origin

Where is the Bannister family from?

Bannister Family Occupations

What did your Bannister ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Bannister family was Farmer. The most common Bannister occupation in the UK was Cotton Weaver. 3% of Bannister's were Cotton Weavers. Cotton Weaver, Coal Miner and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bannister.

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  • Cotton Weaver

  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer

  • Farmer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Bannister ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Bannister Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 136,000 census records available for the last name Bannister. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bannister census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Bannister. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 13,000 military records available for the last name Bannister. For the veterans among your Bannister ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bannister Life Expectancy

What is the average Bannister lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Bannister life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Bannister in 1940 was 71, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Bannister

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bannister ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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