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Origin and Meaning of Ban

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ban
A kind of fine muslin, made in the East Indies from the fiber of the banana leaf stalks.
noun Ban
  1. A public proclamation or edict; a public order or notice, mandatory or prohibitory; a summons by public proclamation.
  2. [Feudal & Mil] A calling together of the king's (esp. the French king's) vassals for military service; also, the body of vassals thus assembled or summoned. In present usage, in France and Prussia, the most effective part of the population liable to military duty and not in the standing army.
  3. pl.Notice of a proposed marriage, proclaimed in church. See Bannsthe common spelling in this sense).
  4. An interdiction, prohibition, or proscription."Under banto touch." [Milton.]
  5. A curse or anathema."Hecate's ban." [Shak.]
  6. A pecuniary mulct or penalty laid upon a delinquent for offending against a ban; as, a mulct paid to a bishop by one guilty of sacrilege or other crimes.

Etymology: AS. bann command, edict; akin to D. ban, Icel. bann, Dan. band, OHG. ban, G. bann, a public proclamation, as of interdiction or excommunication, Gr. fa`nai to say, L. fari to speak, Skr. bhan to speak; cf. F. ban, LL. bannum, of G. origin. √86. Cf. Abandon Fame

verb Ban
  1. To curse; to invoke evil upon.
  2. To forbid; to interdict.

Etymology: OE. bannen bannien, to summon, curse, AS. bannan to summon; akin to Dan. bande forbande, to curse, Sw. banna to revile, bannas to curse. See Ban an edict, and cf. Banish

verb Ban
To curse; to swear.
noun Ban
An ancient title of the warden of the eastern marches of Hungary; now, a title of the viceroy of Croatia and Slavonia.

Etymology: Serv. ban; cf. Russ. & Pol. pan a master, lord, Per. ban

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  1. A decree that prohibits something
  2. A bachelor's degree in nursing
  3. An official prohibition or edict against something
  4. 100 bani equal 1 leu in Romania
  5. 100 bani equal 1 leu in Moldova
  6. Prohibit especially by legal means or social pressure ("Smoking is banned in this building")
  7. Forbid the public distribution of ( a movie or a newspaper)
  8. Expel from a community or group
  9. Ban from a place of residence, as for punishment

From Middle English bannen, from Old English bannan (“to summon, command, proclaim, call out”), from Proto-Germanic *bannaną (“curse, forbid”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeh₂- (“to say”). Cognate with Dutch bannen (“to ban, exile, discard”), German bannen (“to exile, to exorcise, captivate, excommunicate”), Swedish banna (“to ban, scold”), Armenian բան (ban) and perhaps Albanian banoj (“to reside, dwell”). See also banal, abandon.

  1. prohibition
  2. A public proclamation or edict; a summons by public proclamation. Chiefly, in early use, a summons to arms.
    Bans is common and ordinary amongst the Feudists, and signifies a proclamation, or any public notice.
  3. The gathering of the (French) king's vassals for war; the whole body of vassals so assembled, or liable to be summoned; originally, the same as arrière-ban: in the 16th c., French usage created a distinction between ban and arrière-ban, for which see the latter word.
    He has sent abroad to assemble his ban and arriere ban.
    The Ban and the Arrierban are met armed in the field to choose a king.
    France was at such a Pinch..that they call'd their Ban and Arriere Ban, the assembling whereof had been long discussed, and in a manner antiquated.
    The ban was sometimes convoked, that is, the possessors of the fiefs were called upon for military services.
    The act of calling together the vassals in armed array, was entitled ‘convoking the ban.
  4. (obsolete) A curse or anathema.
  5. A pecuniary mulct or penalty laid upon a delinquent for offending against a ban, such as a mulct paid to a bishop by one guilty of sacrilege or other crimes.

Borrowing from Romanian ban of uncertain origin, perhaps from Serbo-Croatian bân.

  1. A subdivision of currency, equal to one hundredth of a Romanian leu
  2. A subdivision of currency, equal to one hundredth of a Moldovan leu

From Banburismus; coined by Alan Turing.

  1. A unit measuring information or entropy based on base-ten logarithms, rather than the base-two logarithms that define the bit.

From South Slavic ban (compare Serbo-Croatian bȃn), from Proto-Slavic *banъ; see there for more.

  1. A title used in several states in central and south-eastern Europe between the 7th century and the 20th century.

    ban was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, French, Haitian Creole, Iberian, Indonesian, Irish, Japanese, Lojban, Mandarin, Mapudungun, Norwegian Bokmål, O'odham, Old English, Old Irish, Polish, Romanian, Serbo-Croatian, Vietnamese, Volapük, Welsh, and Zazaki

    Notable Persons Named Ban

    Ban Ki-moon is an 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (South Korea). Ban was born on June 13th, 1944 in Eumseong County.


    Ban was born as the child of Ban Biao in 45.


    Ban Johnson was a president of the american league. Ban was given the name Byron Bancroft Johnson on January 5th, 1865 in Norwalk, Ohio. He breathed his last breath on March 28th, 1931.


    Ban Gu was a historian. Ban was born in 32 in Anling, Fufeng County, Han Dynasty. Ban is also known as Mengjian. He died in 9232.


    Ban Hyo-jung is an actor and actress. Her ongoing career started in 1964. Ban was given the name Ban Man-hee on November 27th, 1942 in Daegu.


    Ban Biao is a politician.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Ban

    Shigeru Ban is an architect. Shigeru was born on August 5th, 1957 in Tokyo, Japan.


    Oana Ban is a gymnast. Oana was born on January 11th, 1986 in Cluj-Napoca.


    Noémi was given the name Noémi Schönberger on September 29th, 1922 in Szeged.


    Hajnal was born Hajnal Ban on November 3rd, 1977 in Afula.


    Anne was born on February 28th, 1928.


    Li Ban was royalty. His career lasted from 11 to 11. He breathed his last breath on December 5th, 0334.


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    Popularity of Ban as a last name

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    Common last names for Ban

    • Nguyen
    • Tran
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    Common first names for Ban

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Ban U.S.
      White 48.28% 64.26%
      African American 4.03% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 42.02% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 3.93% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Ban

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    Fun Facts about the name Ban

    • How Popular is the name Ban? As a last name Ban was the 14,768th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Ban first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Ban is Thursday, November 25th, 1875.
    • How unique is the name Ban? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Ban. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Ban: Your name in reverse order is Nab. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nab. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Ban? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,011 people with the last name Ban.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ban? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Ban as their last name since less than 1 person in 147k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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