Explore the Family Name Banner

The meaning of Banner

1. English (West Midlands): from Middle English baner ‘banner’ (Old French banere, baniere ‘flag, ensign’, Late Latin bandaria), a metonymic occupational name for one who made banners or for a standard bearer. Compare Bannerman. 2. German: occupational name for a standard bearer, Middle High German banier, Middle Low German banner, from French bannière ‘flag, standard’.

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How common is the last name Banner in the United States?

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census, the popularity of the surname "Banner" has slightly increased between 2000 and 2010. The rank moved from 5997 to 5990, representing a marginal increase of 0.12%. The count of people bearing this surname also showed an upward trend, increasing by 8.53% from 5288 in 2000 to 5739 in 2010. However, it is important to note that the proportion per 100k decreased slightly by -0.51%, from 1.96 in 2000 to 1.95 in 2010.

Proportion per 100k1.961.95-0.51%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Banner

When looking at the ethnic identity associated with the surname "Banner", there are some interesting trends noted from the Decennial U.S. Census data. In 2010, the majority of Banners identified as White (69.12%), although this was a decrease from 2000 when 71.56% did so. The second largest group identified as Black, showing a slight increase from 24.15% in 2000 to 24.73% in 2010. The percentage of those identifying as Hispanic also rose, from 1.87% to 2.61%. There was significant growth in the number of Banners identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian and Alaskan Native, with increases of 40.48% and 104.35% respectively. The group identifying with two or more races also saw growth, from 1.78% to 2.47%. It should be noted that any figures marked "(S)" were suppressed for privacy reasons.

Two or More Races1.78%2.47%38.76%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.42%0.59%40.48%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.23%0.47%104.35%

Banner ancestry composition

23andMe computes an ancestry breakdown for each customer. People may have ancestry from just one population or they may have ancestry from several populations. The most commonly-observed ancestry found in people with the surname Banner is British & Irish, which comprises 44.6% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (23.6%) and Ashkenazi Jewish (7.6%). Additional ancestries include Italian, Nigerian, Spanish & Portuguese, Scandinavian, and Eastern European.

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British & Irish44.6%
French & German23.6%
Ashkenazi Jewish7.6%

Possible origins of the surname Banner

Your DNA provides clues about where your recent ancestors may have lived. Having many distant relatives in the same location suggests that you may all share common ancestry there. Locations with many distant relatives can also be places where people have migrated recently, such as large cities. If a large number of individuals who share your surname have distant relatives in a specific area, it could indicate a connection between your surname and that location, stemming from either recent ancestral ties or migration.

Based on 23andMe data, people with last name Banner have recent ancestry locations all within United Kingdom.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom78.00%
West Midlands, United Kingdom77.10%
Lancashire, United Kingdom77.10%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom77.10%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom77.10%

What Banner haplogroups can tell you

Haplogroups are genetic population groups that share a common ancestor on either your paternal or maternal line. These paternal and maternal haplogroups shed light on your genetic ancestry and help tell the story of your family.

The top paternal haplogroup of people with the surname Banner is E-P179, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup E-P179 is descended from haplogroup E-M96. Other common haplogroups include R-CTS241 and I-M170, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Shephard, Brazil, Edmunds, Clair, Hardie, Fell, Hilbert, Symons, Brookes, Simmonds.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Banner surname are: J1c, H, H1. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

bannerPaternal Haplogroup Origins E-M96

Your maternal lineage may be linked to Marie Antoinette

Because it is so dominant in the general European population, haplogroup H also appears quite frequently in the continent's royal houses. Marie Antoinette, an Austrian Hapsburg who married into the French royal family, inherited the haplogroup from her maternal ancestors. So did Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whose recorded genealogy traces his female line to Bavaria. Scientists also discovered that famed 16th century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus traced his maternal lineages to haplogroup H.

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What do people with the surname Banner have in common?

Spoiler alert: it's complicated. People with the same last name are usually no more genetically similar than a randomly sampled group of people from the same population. That said, people with the same surname are more likely to have similar ancestries than randomly sampled individuals. The reason is the tendency of people with similar cultural or geographical backgrounds to preferentially mate with one another. That's why people who share a surname may be more likely to share traits and tendencies in common than people within the general population. Check out the percentages below to see the prevalences of tastes, habits, and traits of people with your surname compared with prevalences among 23andMe users.



Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Banner" Surname 38.9%

23andMe Users 41.3%




When sounds made by others, like the sound of chewing or yawning, provoke strong emotional reactions in an individual.

"Banner" Surname 23.5%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Banner" Surname 14.3%

23andMe Users 21.1%




A severe headache characterized by intense pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

"Banner" Surname 16.4%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Banner?

The short answer is that, if there is an association between surname and health, it's usually more about your ancestry than your name. Individuals with a given surname are no more genetically similar than the general population but often have similar ancestries. The populations of people associated with those shared ancestries often have sets of genetic variations, also known as alleles, in common. Some of those alleles are associated with a greater likelihood of developing certain diseases.

Disease variant frequency by ancestry

Disease allele frequencies in populations associated with the surname Banner are shown below. Important Note: not everyone with a disease allele will develop these health condition

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Y402H variant

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss among older adults. The disease results in damage to the central part of the retina (the macula), impairing vision needed for reading, driving, or even recognizing faces. The 23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA test includes the two most common variants associated with an increased risk of developing the condition: the Y402H variant in the CFH gene and the A69S variant in the ARMS2 gene. Learn more about Age-Related Macular Degeneration

British & Irish 62.1%

23andMe Users 57.2%