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Etymology 1[edit]

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Banks (countable and uncountable, plural Bankses)

  1. An English toponymic surname for someone who lives near a hill or bank of land.
    • 1811, William Cobbett, The Parliamentary History of England:
      Sir John being asked if he offered to put another name in his stead, he believes he did, and that Mr. Banks said, it might stand in his own name; he likewise said, he believed the colonel did not know it was the Company's stock, he having never told him it was, as he remembers.
  2. A number of places in the United States:
    1. A town in Pike County, Alabama.
    2. A town in Bradley County, Arkansas.
    3. A census-designated place in Boise County, Idaho.
    4. A township in Fayette County, Iowa.
    5. A township in Antrim County, Michigan.
    6. A city in Washington County, Oregon.
    7. A township in Carbon County, Pennsylvania.
    8. A township in Indiana County, Pennsylvania.
  3. A suburb of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.
  4. A small village in Burtholme parish, Carlisle district, Cumbria, England (OS grid ref NY5664).
  5. A large village in North Meols parish, West Lancashire district, Lancashire, England (OS grid ref SD3920).
  6. An electoral division in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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  • According to the 2010 United States Census, Banks is the 292nd most common surname in the United States, belonging to 105,833 individuals. Banks is most common among Black or African American (54.5%) and White (39.3%) individuals.

Etymology 2[edit]

Proper noun[edit]


  1. plural of Bank