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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Banter

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Ban"ter
Senses
  1. To address playful good-natured ridicule to, -- the person addressed, or something pertaining to him, being the subject of the jesting; to rally; as, he bantered me about my credulity."Hag-ridden by my own fancy all night, and then bantered on my haggard looks the next day." [W. Irving.]
  2. To jest about; to ridicule in speaking of, as some trait, habit, characteristic, and the like.(Archaic)"If they banter your regularity, order, and love of study, banter in return their neglect of them." [Chatham.]
  3. To delude or trick, -- esp. by way of jest.(Obs)"We diverted ourselves with bantering several poor scholars with hopes of being at least his lordship's chaplain." [De Foe.]
  4. To challenge or defy to a match.(Colloq. Southern and Western U. S)

Etymology: Prob. corrupted fr. F. badiner to joke, or perh. fr. E. bandy to beat to and fro. See Badinage, and cf. Barter fr. OF. barater

noun Ban"ter
The act of bantering; joking or jesting; humorous or good-humored raillery; pleasantry.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Light teasing repartee
  2. Be silly or tease one another

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Popularity of Banter as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Banter U.S.
  White 96.20% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.90% 16.26%

Of Last Name Banter

People with the last name Banter are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Banter

  • How Popular is the name Banter? As a last name Banter was the 63,218th most popular name in 2010.
  • How unique is the name Banter? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Banter was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Banter: Your name in reverse order is Retnab. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rbaent. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Banter? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 316 people with the last name Banter.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Banter? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Banter as their last name since less than 1 person in 909k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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Past life for Banter born Jul 10, 1943

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Germany approximately on 1600. Your profession was jeweler and watch-maker.

As an inquisitive and inventive person, you liked to get to the very bottom of things and to rummage in books. Talent for drama, natural born actor. The world is full of ill and lonely people. You should help those, who are less fortunate than you are.

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  • Sources:
  • 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).