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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun ban"jo
A stringed musical instrument having a head and neck like the guitar, and a circular body like a tambourine. It has five strings, and is played with the fingers and hands.

Etymology: Formerly also banjore and banjer; corrupted from bandore, through negro slave pronunciation

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A stringed instrument of the guitar family that has long neck and circular body

A corruption of bandore, from the pronunciation of African slaves.

  1. (music) A stringed musical instrument (chordophone) with a round body, a membrane-like soundboard and a fretted neck, played by plucking or strumming the strings; by extension, any musicologically similar instrument, like the Tuvan doshpuluur, with a membrane-like soundboard.
    I come from Alabama with my on my knee...
  2. (slang) An object shaped like a banjo, especially a frying pan or a shovel.
  3. (Britain, Dagenham) A cul-de-sac with a round end.

banjo was also found in the following language(s): Czech, Finnish, French, Gothic, Greenlandic, Italian, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, and West Frisian

Notable Persons Named Banjo

Banjō Ginga is a voice acting in japan, narrative, voice actor, and narrator. They have been prominent since 1970. Banjō was born on November 12th, 1948 in Kofu, Yamanashi, Japan.


Banjo was born on February 14th, 1932 in Akron, Ohio. Banjo is also known as Matthews and Edwin Keith (real name). He died on October 2nd, 1996.


Banjo was born on April 1st, 1960.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Banjo

Ashley was born on October 4th, 1988 in Leytonstone. Ashley is also known as Ash and Chosen.


Jordan was born on December 31st, 1992 in United Kingdom. Jordan is also known as Jordan.


Chris Banjo is a football player for the Green Bay Packers. Chris was born on February 26th, 1990 in Sugar Land, Texas.


Victor was born in 1930. He breathed his last breath in 1967.


Tunji Banjo is a soccer player for the Leyton Orient F.C., AEL Limassol, and Nigeria national football team. Tunji was born in 1960 in Kensington, London, England.


Ladipo Ayodeji Banjo is a Vice chancellor of the University of Ibadan, President, Nigeria Academy of Letters, and Vice chancellorof theUniversity of Ibadan. Ladipo was born on May 2nd, 1934 in Oyo State.


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Popularity of Banjo as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Banjo U.S.
  White 9.24% 64.26%
  African American 80.98% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.80% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.89% 16.26%

Of Last Name Banjo

People with the last name Banjo are most frequently African American

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Fun Facts about the name Banjo

  • How Popular is the name Banjo? As a last name Banjo was the 98,553rd most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Banjo first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Banjo is Monday, September 1st, 1890.
  • How unique is the name Banjo? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Banjo. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Banjo: Your name in reverse order is Ojnab. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Bonaj. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Banjo? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 184 people with the last name Banjo.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Banjo? Banjo is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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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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