Bank Family History
Bank Name Meaning
German, Dutch, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German or Middle Low German banc, or Yiddish bank ‘bench’, ‘table’, ‘counter’, in any of various senses, e.g. a metonymic occupational name for anyone whose work required a bench or counter, for example a butcher, baker, court official, or money changer. Danish and Swedish: topographic name from bank ‘(sand)bank’ or a habitational name from a farm named with this word. Danish and Swedish: from bank ‘noise’, hence a nickname for a loud or noisy person. Compare Bang. Danish: habitational name from the German place name Bänkau. English: probably a variant of Banks. Americanized spelling of Polish Bak, literally ‘horsefly’; perhaps a nickname for an irritating person. Hungarian (Bánk): from a pet form of the old secular personal name Bán.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press