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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. 
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.
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.  The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Nicholas del Bancke; Adam del Bank; and Magota de Bancke.  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." 
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.
Another 187 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Banks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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
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
- Jno Banks, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
- Martha Banks, who landed in Virginia in 1720
- Elizabeth Banks, who arrived in Carolina in 1724
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
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
- Mr. William Banks U.E who settled in Canada c. 1783
- 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
- 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
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
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
- 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
- Gordon Banks (b. 1937), English footballer
- 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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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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