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The origins of the Banks name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived close to a slope, or a hillside. The surname is derived from the Old English word banke. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


Banks Early Origins



The surname Banks was first found in various counties and shires throughout Britain. One of the first on record was Simon Bankes of Bank Newton in Craven, Yorkshire c. 1200. Walter del Banck was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1297 and Metthew Banke was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk in 1327. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Nicholas del Bancke; Adam del Bank; and Magota de Bancke. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
One branch of the family was found at Winstanley in Lancashire from early times. "In the reign of James I., the manor belonged to James Bancks, a descendant of the Bankes, of BankNewton, in Craven; in whose family the property continued until about 1731, when, by marriage with the heiress of William Bankes, it passed to the family of Holme, who eventually changed their name to Bankes. Winstanley Hall, existing in the 16th century, is the seat of the Bankes family, and stands in a spacious and delightful park: it has been lately re-edified and improved." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Banks Spelling Variations


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Banks Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Banks were recorded, including Banke, Banck, Bancks, Banckes, Banks, Bankes and others.

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Banks Early History


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Banks Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Banks research. Another 325 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1600, 1743, 1820, 1768, 1973, 1784, 1589, 1644, 1627, 1699, 1668, 1659, 1696, 1631 and 1677 are included under the topic Early Banks History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Banks Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Banks Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Sir Joseph Banks, President of the Royal Society; William Bankes, High Sheriff of Lancaster, 1784; Sir John Bankes (1589-1644), Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas to Charles I, who held a family seat at Corfe Castle in Dorset; Sir John Banks, 1st Baronet...

Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Banks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Banks family emigrate to North America:

Banks Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Miles Banks, who arrived in Virginia in 1620
  • Edward Banks settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Francis Banks, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Henry Banks, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • James Banks settled in Virginia in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Banks Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Andrew Banks, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Isabell Banks, who arrived in Virginia in 1713
  • John Banks, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Martha Banks, who landed in Virginia in 1720
  • Elizabeth Banks, who arrived in Carolina in 1724
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Banks Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Banks, who arrived in New York in 1811
  • Rose Banks, aged 20, arrived in Maine in 1812
  • Helen Banks, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1845
  • Benjamin W Banks, who arrived in Mississippi in 1846
  • Carus Banks, aged 19, arrived in New York in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Banks Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Carl Mackey Banks, who landed in Alabama in 1921
  • Lemie William Banks, who landed in Alabama in 1922

Banks Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Cyril Banks settled in Bay de Verde, Newfoundland in 1716
  • Mr. James Banks U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. William Banks U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Nicholas Banks was a fisherman of St. John's Newfoundland in 1794

Banks Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • George Banks settled in Fogo, Newfoundland in 1805
  • Mr. Alexander Banks, aged 25 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Avon" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 1)
  • George Banks was a miner of Tilt Cove, Newfoundland in 1871. There is a Banks Cove in Newfoundland

Banks Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Abraham Banks arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839
  • Elizabeth Banks arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839
  • William Banks arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839
  • George Banks arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839
  • Caroline Banks arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Banks Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • G Banks landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1837
  • John Banks landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mary Banks arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1858
  • Richard Banks, aged 31, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
  • Ellen Jane Banks, aged 32, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Banks Settlers in New Zealand in the 20th Century

  • David Banks, aged 18, a farmer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926

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Contemporary Notables of the name Banks (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Banks (post 1700)



  • Brenda S. Banks (d. 2016), American archivist at the Georgia Archives
  • Calvin Douglas "Doug" Banks Jr. (1958-2016), American radio personality, host of The Doug Banks Radio Show
  • Montague "Monty" Banks (1897-1950), born Mario Bianchi, Italian-born, American comedian and film director
  • Carolyn Banks (b. 1941), American novelist, short-story writer, editor, and screen writer
  • Nathaniel Prentice Banks (1816-1894), American politician and soldier, 24th Governor of Massachusetts, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and Union general during the American Civil War
  • Ernie Banks (b. 1931), American baseball player
  • Peter Banks (1947-2013), English guitarist, original guitarist of the progressive rock band Yes
  • Leslie Banks CBE (1890-1952), was an English theatre and cinema actor, director, and producer
  • Steven "Steve" Banks (b. 1972), English football goalkeeper
  • Francis Rodwell Banks (1898-1985), English Air Commodore
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Banks Historic Events


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Banks Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Bobby L Banks (b. 1964), American Specialist 4th Class from Junction City, Kansas, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Sidney T Banks (b. 1901), English Leading Cook (S) serving for the Royal Navy from Hackney, London, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. George H Banks (b. 1905), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Guildford, Surrey, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Robert Henry Banks, British Boy 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Banks


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Suggested Readings for the name Banks



  • The Banks Family of Maine by Charles Edward Banks.
  • Daniel Black Orrell and His Descendants with the Banks Family by Robert Stanley Orrell.
  • The Genealogical Record of the Banks Family of Elbert County, Georgia by Elbert Augustin Banks.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 1)

Other References

  1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  2. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  11. ...

The Banks Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Banks 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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