Wilbanks History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Wilbanks family

The surname Wilbanks was first found in Yorkshire 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 1489 when Thomas Gylbank held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Wilbanks family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wilbanks research. Another 96 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, and 1525 are included under the topic Early Wilbanks History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wilbanks Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gilbank, Gillbanks, Gillbank, Gylbank, Gyllbanks and others.

Early Notables of the Wilbanks family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Wilbanks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Wilbanks migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wilbanks Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • J. R. Wilbanks, aged 25, who settled in America, in 1906
  • John R. Wilbanks, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1916
  • John R. Wilbanks, aged 43, who settled in Columbus,Ohio, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Wilbanks (post 1700) +

  • John R. Wilbanks, American geologist with the United States Antarctic Research Program (USARP) Marie Byrd Land Survey party, 1966-67, eponym of Mount Wilbanks, Antarctica
  • George Dewey Wilbanks Jr. (d. 2012), American cancer researcher, surgeon and professor of obstetrics and gynecology
  • William Lee "Billy" Wilbanks (b. 1940), American criminologist and former professor of criminal justice at Florida International University
  • Pate Wilbanks, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives from Ozark County, 1940 [1]
  • John Wilbanks, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1960 [1]
  • Chad Wilbanks, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Texas 25th District, 2012 [1]
  • Thomas Donald "Don" Wilbanks (1901-1984), American television actor, known for The Over-the-Hill Gang (1969), Cry for Me, Billy (1972) and Birds of Prey (1973)
  • John Wilbanks, American Vice President of Science Commons
  • Hilliard Almond Wilbanks (1933-1967), United States Air Force pilot during the Vietnam War, posthumously received the Medal of Honor


The Wilbanks Motto +

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: Honore et virtute
Motto Translation: With honor and virtue.


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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