Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Category: 1 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is in its early stages.
Contact: Mr Tim Hall
Researching my wife's family BANT it has become obvious that in terms of the Bant family in England there are two major groups. One of these groups are based around Warwickshire and are direct descendants of my wife Mary Elizabeth Bant who was born in 1956 in West Bromwich. The other grouping are based in Cornwall and Devon and as yet we do not have a link between them. If anyone has any Bant information please get in touch by contacting me (Tim Hall).
There are smaller offshoots in Glamorgan (Wales), Barrow in Furness (Cumbria) and Lanchester (County Durham).
Many of the early Bants were agricultural labourers but later they became miners of coal or tin and then engineers and locksmiths but also weavers especially those living in Coventry (Warwickshire).
Overall we currently have 3972 records in the One Name Study spanning from the English Civil War to the present day.
Associated surnames include, Dutton, Eley, Mason, Smith, Ewart. At least one Bant moves from Derbyshire to Pennsylvania, USA.
The Bants were very much affected by the Industrial revolution and moved from farming to engineering and mining. From 1825 some of the Bants from Wales and the West Midlands began to move further afield to Australia and America. This applied to Bants from Cornwall and Devon who may initially have moved from rual communities to London but who decided to leave the unhealthy city and returned to mining. Sometimes these tin and copper miners moved to Australia and America where there skills were highly prized.
Having done a DNA profile with Ancestry my ethnicity is 92% is from England, Wales and North-western Europe largely around Wales and the West Midlands and Southern England. There is also 3% Ireland and Scotland, 3% Germanic Europe and 2% Norway.
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