Ban Family History
Ban Name Meaning
Hungarian (Bán): from the old Hungarian personal name Bán. Hungarian, Serbian, and Croatian: from Slavic ban or Hungarian bán ‘governor’ (from Avar bajan ‘rich’, ‘rich man’), historically a status name for a regional military or administrative leader (for example the governor of Croatia in the Habsburg Empire). Slovenian: probably from a reduced form of the personal name Urban. German: variant spelling of Bann. Japanese: ‘comrade’. This name is found mostly in eastern Japan. Some families pronounce the same character as Tomo. Chinese : according to legend, during the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc), a noble of the state of Chu was raised and suckled by a tiger. This tiger’s skin bore markings that resembled the character for Ban, and his descendants adopted this character, which may also mean ‘team’, ‘class’, ‘group’ as their surname. Korean: variant of Pan.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press