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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : topographic name from northern Middle English bank(e) ‘hillside slope’, ‘riverbank’ + the suffix -er denoting an inhabitant (see Banks).
  • Scottish : habitational name from Bankier in Stirlingshire.
  • Jewish (Ashkenazic) : occupational name from Polish bankier ‘banker’.
  • German (Bänker) : occupational name from an agent derivative of Middle Low German banc ‘bench’, ‘counter’ (see Bank).

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