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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


Similar surnames: Bank, Hanks, Banes, Banos, Danks, Ban, Banis, Banko, Banas, Binks

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Banks Family Origin

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Banks Family Occupations

What did your Banks ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Banks family was Farm Laborer. The most common Banks occupation in the USA was Farmer. 32% of Banks's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Banks.

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  • Farmer

    32%
  • Laborer

    15%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Farm Laborer

    6%

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Banks Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Banks. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Banks census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Banks. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Banks. For the veterans among your Banks ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Banks Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Banks life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Banks in 1940 was 43, and 71 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Banks ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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