Word Origin & History

in phrase banns of marriage (late 12c., spelling with double -n- attested from 1540s), from O.E.bannan "to summon, command, proclaim" (see ban (v.)). Also probably partly from O.Fr. ban "announcement, proclamation, banns, authorization," from Frankish *ban, a cognate of the O.E. word.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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