The Banisters Time-line:


The family lineage commences with a certain Knight who arrived in England at the time of William the Conqueror as part of the ‘invading’ forces.

This Banister was actually Robert Banastre the French Knight.

You will note the French spelling of the name at that time lasted for several centuries until, after the period of influence of the self appointed French nobility to our English courts. French names were then often ‘obscured due to their unpopular routes and Banastre became written as Banester. No doubt a French sounding name was not compatible with being a ‘loyalist’, it sounds almost the same, and the ‘French Connection’ was at least ‘visibly’ broken. Latterly as more people became able to ‘write’ the spelling of the name moved another step and became Banister, where it has stayed to this day. The change in the evolution of the spelling might also have been influenced by local dialectic changes and the ‘phonetic-ear’ of those who were able to write and were in commercial, clerical or legal roles requiring events and activities to be recorded.

However the time-line of spelling of the name was approx:


The lineage of the Banister is demonstrated by the ownership of the Manor of Finchampstead (first owned by Sir William Banastre in 1275) and other estates and properties which have been passed down through the generations over the many centuries.

It commenced with the original Manor, as described in the Doomsday Book, which was then held by King Harold.

Between 1100 and 1118, it was held by Sir Alard Banastre and his direct descendents through to 1290 when it was divided into two, East Court and West Court.

During those years various parts of the wider Banisters family became progressively more mobile and travelled more widely and there are records of Banisters;