Free Resources

Sign-up for a 14-DAY Free Trial on Ancestry.com. Search for your family from over 6 billion records!

Banks Last Name Meaning

1. 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. 2. 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’.

From: The Oxford Names Companion, Oxford University Press

Banks Family Facts

Discover some interesting historical facts about the Banks family:

Preserve Your Banks Family History

Creating a family history is a great way to preserve the history of your family for generations to come. Get started by following these three simple steps:

    1. Create a Family Tree

    The most popular methods to create family trees are:

    • Create Online. Probably the easiest way to get started. The advantage with an online family tree is that you can invite other family members to help fill in missing details. The largest online family tree site is Ancestry.com.
    • Create with Software. If you're concerned about online privacy issues with the first option, then the next best option for easily creating your family tree is to use a family tree software. The most popular family tree software over the past decade is Family Tree Maker.
    • Create with Downloadable Forms. If you're working with a limited budget, the best option would be to download a free family tree template. This template would be used to write-in all of the family names and and dates that you know.

    2. Fill In Gaps from Additional Sources

    When you're done filling in all of the information that you know about your family, you'll likely find that you are missing some information. Proven methods to find out more about your family history are:

    3. Publish Your Banks Family History

    When your family history is complete, be sure to preserve it in a archive quality format that can be passed down from generation to generation.

    The best way to preserve your family history for future generations is to publish it as an archival quality, hard-covered publication with acid free materials. One of the best online book creation tools for family histories is available through Ancestry.com.

    Create Your Banks Family History Book

Most importantly, have fun creating your Banks family history and thank you for visiting us today! Come back soon...