Baynham Family Name Origins

The Baynham Coat of Arms


Here are what I believe to be the origins of the family name Baynham

I have been doing a little bit of research on my family name of Baynham. I have been able to trace it back to around 1380 with a person called John Ap EYNON (BAYNHAM) as the first person to take the name, he was from Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire, England, not that far really for 600 years as we live in Birmingham (about 50 miles or 75 km). At the Church in Mitcheldean is a Baynham Vault and the Baynham Coat of Arms.

This unusual and interesting name is of early medieval Welsh origin, and is a relatively modern form of the Old Welsh patronymic "ap Einion" or "ap Eynon". The personal name derives from the Welsh "einion", anvil, an implement representing stability and fortitude. One Einion yrth was noted in ancient documents of Wales, dated 420 A.D., and an Ennian filius (son of ) Gieruerth appears in the 1159 Pipe Rolls of Shropshire. Early examples of the patronymic include: Cadugan ap Eynon (Radnorshire, 1285); Iorworth ap Egnon (Cheshire, 1287); and Griffith ap Beynam (Carmarthenshire, 1539). In the modern idiom the surname has many variant forms, ranging from Beynon, Benian, Bennion, Benyon and Baynham to Pin(n)ion, Pinyon and Pinyoun. The form Baynham is most widespread in Gloucestershire. In 1501, Alex Baynham was High Sheriff of Gloucestershire, and in 1623, the son of Robert ap Eignon, of Chorewell, in the forest of Dean, spelled his surname Baynham, the name by which the family is now known. James and Sarah Bennion were recorded variously in Shropshire Registers as Bynam and Baynom in 1670, and in 1698 they are Baynham. A Coat of Arms granted to the Baynham families of Kent and Gloucestershire is a red shield with a chevron between three silver bulls' heads cabossed, armed gold, the Crest being a gold bull's head couped at the neck. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John Baynham, which was dated 1455, in "A Descriptive Catalogue of Ancient Deeds", Worcestershire, during the reign of King Henry V1, known as "The Founder of Eton", 1422 - 1461. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

As/If and when I get any other information on the origins of the Baynham Name I will add it here.

I am not doing a family tree, I just wanted to know where my family name came from.


Here is where I have found the family name of Baynham first used it seems to be derived from a Welsh/Celtic/Norman name of Eynon


Ralph Ap EYNON was born about 1306 in Newland, Gloucestershire, England.

He was married to Johanna De DENE on 18 Apr 1332 in Stapleford, Nottinghamshire, England. Children were: Thomas Ap EYNON.

Thomas Ap EYNON was born about 1332 in Newland, Gloucestershire, England. Parents: Ralph Ap EYNON and Johanna De DENE.

Children were: Thomas Ap EYNON.

Thomas Ap EYNON was born about 1354 in Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire, England. Parents: Thomas Ap EYNON.

He was married about 1379 in Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire, England. Children were: John Ap EYNON (BAYNHAM).

John Ap EYNON (BAYNHAM) was born in 1380 in Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire, England. Parents: Thomas Ap EYNON.

He was married to Elizabeth Ap EIGNON (BAYNHAM) about 1397 in Dene, Gloucestershire, England. Children were: Robert Ap EYNON (BAYNHAM), William BAYNHAM (AP EYNON), Thomas BAYNHAM (AP EYNON) , Philip Ap EIGNON OR BAYNHAM, Eleanor Ap EIGNON OR BAYNHAM.


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