English surname
"one who lives on the hillside or riverbank"

Banks Origin and Meaning

The name Banks is both a boy's name and a girl's name meaning "one who lives on the hillside or riverbank".
Banks is a topographical surname that refers not to those places where people keep their money but to riverbanks or hillsides, and specifically the people who live on them. Just as Fields is a last name that relates to people who lived in, yes, fields, so Banks was a name originally given to people who dwelled on the banks of a river. Today, used as a first name, Banks is more likely to sound like an upwardly-mobile name related to financial establishments, okay if you're going for the glitter.
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Famous People Named Banks

  • Banksystreet artist
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Banks in Pop Culture

  • Banksfamily in "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air"
  • Banksfamily of hobbits in "The Lord of the Rings"
  • Banksfamily in the "Father of the Bride" movies
  • Banksfamily in "Mary Poppins" and referenced in 2012 movie "Saving Mr. Banks"
  • "The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond" Scottish song