Banks Family History

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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

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In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Banks. 37% of Banks men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Banks women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Banks were Carpenter and School Teacher

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Servant
  • School Teacher

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Banks Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 600,000 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 52,000 immigration records available for the last name Banks. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 97,000 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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