Origin of the Name O'Bannon
The origin of the name O'Bannon
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.Variants of the name O'Bannon
include Bannon, Banane, Banim, O'Bannaghan and Bannaghan. These names are derived from several Gaelic O'Banain septs that were located in Counties Offaly, Fermanagh and Mayo.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
These names are now widespread throughout Ireland. Leap Castle that is located in the Barony of Clonlisk in County Offaly is 'Leim an Bhanain' in Gaelic, meaning 'Bannons leap'. The village of Ballybannnon is located in County Mayo on the western side of Lough Mask. Banim is a variant form of the name Bannon and was made famous by the brothers Michael Banim, 1796-1865, and John Banim, 1798-1842, who were brilliant novelists.
The O'Bannon coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all O'Bannon descendants.