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Banis Name Meaning

Greek: of uncertain origin; possibly a nickname meaning ‘hut-dweller’, from Albanian banë ‘hut’. Lithuanian (also Banys): from a vernacular form of the personal name Benediktas, Latin Benedictus (see Benedict). Dutch: from a vernacular form of Latin Benedictus (see Benedict).

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


Similar surnames: Banas, Baris, Banik, Benis, Manis, Danis, Balis, Banos, Annis, Banks

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Where is the Banis family from?

You can see how Banis families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Banis family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Banis families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 16 Banis families living in Quebec. This was about 50% of all the recorded Banis's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Banis families in 1911.
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What did your Banis ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Banis. 36% of Banis men worked as a Laborer and 50% of Banis women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Banis were Proprietor and Cook.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    36%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Machinist
    8%
  • Proprietor
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    50%
  • Stitcher
    25%
  • Cook
    25%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Banis. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Banis census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 687 immigration records available for the last name Banis. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 367 military records available for the last name Banis. For the veterans among your Banis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Banis lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2003, in the United States, Banis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1979, and highest in 1975. The average life expectancy for Banis in 1953 was 46, and 61 in 2003.

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