Hank History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The surname Hank is a patronymic surname created from the Middle English given name Hank.
Early Origins of the Hank family
The surname Hank was 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.
Early History of the Hank family
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Hank Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Hank has been spelled many different ways, including Hanks, Hankes, Hanke, Hank, Anke, Ankes, Hancke and many more.
Early Notables of the Hank family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Hank is the 15,495th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hanks to arrive in North America:
Hank Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Hank Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Hank Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Hank Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century