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

Ready to discover your family story?

Simply start with yourself and we'll do the searching for you.

Banks Family Origin

Where is the Banks family from?

SHOW MORE

Banks Family Occupations

What did your Banks ancestors do for a living?

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Banks ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

SHOW MORE
  • Farmer

    32%
  • Laborer

    15%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Farm Laborer

    6%

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

Source: Census data for Banks | Data not to scale

Banks Historical Records

What Banks family records will you find?

Census records can give you a fascinating window into the day-to-day lives of your Banks ancestors - like hours worked per week, level of education, veteran status, employers, and more.

Search 1940's US census records for Banks

Solve your own mystery as you explore your history.

Banks Life Expectancy

What is the average Banks lifespan?

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.

SHOW MORE

United States

Between 1940 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Banks

Famous Banks Family

Is anyone famous hiding in your tree?

SHOW MORE
Audrey Hepburn1929 - 1993 (63)
Babe Ruth1895 - 1948 (53)
James Dean1931 - 1955 (24)
Nikola Tesla1856 - 1943 (86)
Audrey Hepburn1929 - 1993 (63)
Babe Ruth1895 - 1948 (53)
James Dean1931 - 1955 (24)

Frank Lloyd Wright1867 - 1959 (91)
Amelia Earhart1897 - 1939 (41)
Abraham Lincoln1809 - 1865 (56)
Ella Fitzgerald1918 - 1996 (78)
Frank Lloyd Wright1867 - 1959 (91)
Amelia Earhart1897 - 1939 (41)
Abraham Lincoln1809 - 1865 (56)
Look up another name