Banks Family History
Banks Name Meaning
English: variant of Bank 5 with excrescent -s. 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’. Compare Bank 6.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022