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