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Banks Family History

Banks Name Meaning
English and Scottish: topographic name for someone who lived on the slope of a hillside or by a riverbank, from northern Middle English banke (from Old Danish banke). The final -s may occasionally represent a plural form, but it is most commonly an arbitrary addition made after the main period of surname formation, perhaps under the influence of patronymic forms with a possessive -s.Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Bruacháin ‘descendant of Bruachán’, a byname for a large-bellied person. The English form was chosen because of a mistaken association of the Gaelic name with bruach ‘bank’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Banks Families

  • Number of Banks families
     498 - 993
     167 - 497
     1 - 166
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Banks families
     1,748 - 3,494
     583 - 1,747
     1 - 582
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Banks families
     183 - 363
     62 - 182
     1 - 61
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Banks Family Origin

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Banks Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Banks

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Banks Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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