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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ban"ner
  1. A kind of flag attached to a spear or pike by a crosspiece, and used by a chief as his standard in battle."Hang out our banners on the outward walls." [Shak.]
  2. A large piece of silk or other cloth, with a device or motto, extended on a crosspiece, and borne in a procession, or suspended in some conspicuous place.
  3. Any flag or standard; as, the star-spangled banner .

Etymology: OE. banere, OF. baniere, F. bannière bandière, fr. LL. baneria banderia, fr. bandum banner, fr. OHG. bant band, strip of cloth; cf. bindan to bind, Goth. bandwa bandwo, a sign. See Band (n.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Long strip of cloth or paper used for decoration or advertising
  2. Any distinctive flag
  3. A newspaper headline that runs across the full page
  4. Unusually good; outstanding ("a banner year for the company")

Old French baniere (Modern bannière) of Germanic origin. More at band.

  1. A flag or standard used by a military commander, monarch or nation.
  2. Hence, the military unit under such a flag or standard.
  3. By extension, a military or administrative subdivision.
  4. Any large sign, especially if constructed of soft material or fabric.
    The mayor hung a banner across Main Street to commemorate the town's 100th anniversary.
  5. A large piece of silk or other cloth, with a device or motto, extended on a crosspiece, and borne in a procession, or suspended in some conspicuous place.
  6. By extension, a cause or purpose; a campaign or movement.
    They usually make their case under the banner of environmentalism.
  7. (journalism) The title of a newspaper as printed on its front page; the nameplate; masthead.
  8. (Internet, television) A type of advertisement in a web page or on television, usually taking the form of a graphic or animation above or alongside the content. Contrast popup, interstitial.
  9. (heraldry) The principal standard of a knight.
  10. A type of administrative division in Inner Mongolia, China.

ban +‎ -er

  1. One who bans something.

    banner was also found in the following language(s): Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Portuguese, Scots, and Spanish

    Notable Persons Named Banner

    Banner was born on November 11th, 1882. He passed away on June 20th, 1964.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Banner

    Robert Bruce Banner is a comics character.


    John Banner was an actor. His career lasted from 1939 to 1972. John was given the name Johann Banner on January 28th, 1910 in Vienna. He passed away on January 28th, 1973.


    David Banner is a hip hop music rapper, record producer, actor, activist, and rapping. He plays Sampler (musical instrument) and Keyboard instrument. He was most active from 1998 to present. David was given the name Lavell William Crump on April 11th, 1974 in Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.


    Elizabeth "Betty" Ross Talbot Banner is a comics character.


    Jérôme Philippe Le Banner is a martial artist. Jérôme was born on December 26th, 1972 in Le Havre.


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    Popularity of Banner as a last name

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Banner U.S.
      White 69.12% 64.26%
      African American 24.73% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.59% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.47% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.47% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.61% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Banner

    People with the last name Banner are most frequently White or African American

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    Fun Facts about the name Banner

    • How Popular is the name Banner? Banner is the 19,975th most popular name of all time. As a last name Banner was the 5,990th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Banner have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 353 babies born with the first name Banner in the United States. That's more than enough people named Banner to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Banner? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1916 when it was given as a first name to 10 new born babies.
    • When was Banner first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Banner is Sunday, July 6th, 1873.
    • What year had the most people named Banner born? The highest recorded use of the first name Banner was in 2016 with a total of 45 babies.
    • Random Banner Factoid: According to the 2013 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Banner is not a popular baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 9 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 2013.
    • Weird things about the name Banner: Your name in reverse order is Rennab. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rnaebn. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Banner? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 5,739 people with the last name Banner.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Banner? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Banner as their last name.

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    • Sources:
    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (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).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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