Fairbanks History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancient history of the Fairbanks name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided near a scenic hillside. The surname Fairbanks is derived from the Old English words fair, which means lovely, and bank, which means bank or hill. However, the first portion of the name may sometimes be derived from the Old English word faern, which means fern. 
Early Origins of the Fairbanks family
The surname Fairbanks was first found in Cumbria at Firbank, anciently Frithbank, a parish of Kirby Lonsdale in Westmorland.   Historically part of Westmorland, this village and civil parish has always been relatively small with a population of 199 in the late 1800s and today less than one hundred people.
Early records show Robert Fairebank, son of Farebank in Yorkshire in 1583  and Robert Firebancke, of Wennington, parish of Mellinge listed in the Lancashire Wills at Richmond in 1638. 
Early History of the Fairbanks family
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Fairbanks Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Fairbanks include Fairbanks, Fairbank, Fairbankes, Firbank and many more.
Early Notables of the Fairbanks family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Fairbanks is the 3,226th most popular surname with an estimated 9,948 people with that name. 
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Fairbanks or a variant listed above:
Fairbanks Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Fairbanks Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Fairbanks Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Fairbanks Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Finem respice
Motto Translation: Consider the end.