Banjo Name Meaning & Origin

Banjo

Pronunciation: BAN-joh (key)

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Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson was a poet who wrote the lyrics to the song "Walzing Matilda" which is the unofficial national song of Australia. He also wrote the Man from snowy river a long poem on which athe movie is based and is considered Australia's first poet. Banjo Paterson's image also appears on the (AUD - Australian Dollar) $10 note.

Banjo Clarke was a great Australian Aboriginal Activist who with Eddie Marbo were the fathers of the Aboriginal Land Rights movement which gave back millions of acres in the 1970's and since to be governed by their original indiginous custodians. He was born a wisdom man and became a great story teller. Through telling the history of the Aboriginals, shining a light on the terrible way they were treated by whites, and sharing his life story, Banjo Clarke opens a book of world history and life lessons to his readers.

Banjo is not an uncommon name in Australia. It is very popular in Aboriginal communities but has had a comeback in white communities since the reconcilliation movement of the last decade.

Occasionally used as a given name, predominantly in Australia, after renowned poet Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson (1864 - 1941).

Famous real-life people named Banjo

Famous Poet named Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson who wrote Waltzing Matilda.

Banjo Clarke one of the great Aboriginal spiritual and political leaders led the 1970's land rights movement resulting in the groundbreaking Marbo rule in the Australian High court.

Son of actress Rachel Griffiths

Banjo in song, story & screen

There was a character in the movie "My Side of the Mountain" named Banjo.

Banjo was a character in The Man Who came to Dinner and was played by Jimmy Durante.

Banjo Canon is the main character in the award wining children's book The Runaway Dinner and The Pencil

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