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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Spanish : habitational name from various places named with banda, probably in the sense ‘side’, ‘edge’, ‘part’.
  • Hungarian : of uncertain origin; probably from the old secular personal name Bán.
  • Jewish (from Poland) : metonymic occupational name from Polish banda ‘ribbon’.
  • In some instances, perhaps an altered spelling of German and Dutch Bande (see Band).
  • Croatian or Serbian : nickname for a bandit, from banda ‘band’, ‘gang’. This name originates from the Kordun and Krajina region on the former border between Croatia and Bosnia.

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