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Where did the English Hanks family come from? What is the English Hanks family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hanks family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hanks family history?

The surname Hanks is a patronymic surname created from the Middle English given name Hank.

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Hanks has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Hanks, Hankes, Hanke, Hank, Anke, Ankes, Hancke and many more.

First found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1191 when Anke of Ankinton held estates in that shire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hanks research. Another 268 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1290, and 1580 are included under the topic Early Hanks History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Hanks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Hankss to arrive on North American shores:

Hanks Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • George Hanks, who was a servant sent to the "Foreign Plantations" of Virginia in 1676
  • Luke Hanks, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682
  • John Hanks, who came to the Virginia Colony in 1690

Hanks Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Ann Hanks, who arrived in Georgia in 1738
  • Ann Hanks, aged 42, arrived in Georgia in 1738
  • Edward Hanks, age 16, who arrived in Maryland in 1775
  • Issac Hanks, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1775

Hanks Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Elijah F Hanks, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • Wesley W Hanks, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • George Hanks, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1842
  • John Hanks, aged 58, landed in New York in 1868
  • Charles Hanks, aged 11, landed in New York in 1868


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  • Thomas Jeffrey "Tom" Hanks (b. 1956), American two-time Academy Award winning, five-time Primetime Emmy Award winning and four-time Golden Globe winning film actor
  • Steve Hanks, renowned American artist
  • Colin Hanks (b. 1977), born Colin Lewes Dillingham, American actor, eldest son of Tom Hanks
  • Nancy Hanks (1927-1983), second chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts from 1969 to 1977
  • Kerri Hanks (b. 1985), American soccer forward, three-time member of the National team
  • Merton Hanks (b. 1968), American former NFL safety who played for the San Francisco 49ers (1991-1998) and Seattle Seahawks in 1999
  • Jim Hanks (b. 1961), American voice-over artist and character actor
  • Fletcher Hanks Sr. (1887-1976), American cartoonist from the Golden Age of Comic Books
  • James Millander Hanks (1833-1909), American politician, U.S. Representative from Arkansas
  • Nancy Hanks Lincoln (1784-1818), nee Hanks, mother of United States President Abraham Lincoln

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  • Genealogy of the Hanks and Allied Families by Gladys Hanks Johnson.
  • Hanks Family Records, Including References to the Following: Bartow Family, Chappell Family, Hale Family, Johnston Family, Shumway Family; a Consolidated Index to Show the Location of Records by Stedman Shumway Hanks.
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  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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The Hanks Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hanks Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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