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Early Origins of the Debanks family
The surname Debanks was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
. Much conjecture has arisen about the origin of this name. Early records are scanty. Some have attributed the name to be Huguenot. "This was a common Huguenot name in he 17th and 18th centuries. The earliest known bearers in England
are three people called Thomas Debanck of Hartshorne, Derbyshire
, (father, son and grandson, from 1611); Nathaniel Debanke of Martock, Somerset
(1655); and Joseph Debanke, a weaver in London (1656). " CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
In this case, the name was perhaps a topographic name (with the preposition de) from the French word "banc" meaning bench, bank. However, in the Wirral in Cheshire
we find the name commonly used for a resident by the banks of the River Dee. The name Dee or Du, meaning black, is Welsh
and both names proliferate throughout Shropshire
Early History of the Debanks family
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Early Notables of the Debanks family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Debanks family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..