The surname BANFATHER most commonly appears in Norfolk - with a small group of those
from Norfolk making their way to the London area. There is also a small group with this surname from the Northumberland
and Durham areas. In either case, the name appears to have originally been BARNFATHER with the 'r'
being dropped for reasons unknown.
In Norfolk, beginning with parish records in 1629, the name is almost exclusively
spelled Barnfather. By the mid 1700s, the entries are almost all Banfather.