Banks family page
Englishman Robert Banks was drowned when the Guernsey boat he was on was wrecked in St Ouen's Bay in 1764, and was buried in St Ouen, together with Rachel Girard, who was also found drowned off the coast
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Origins of surname
This name comes from the old-English banke, which in turn comes from the Old Danish name meaning a ridge or hillside, and was originally given as a topographical name to someone who lived on the slope of a hillside or by a riverbank. The final "s" on the name preserves the Olde English genitive ending, ie 'of the bank'. The surname was first recorded towards the end of the 13th Century.
This was a relatively late arrival in Jersey, with the marriage of Robert and Elizabeth Manning in 1827, followed by the baptisms of their six children in St Saviour over the next 12 years. The majority of 19th and early 20th century Banks births in Jersey were descendants of this couple. Robert Banks' ancestry has been traced back to Yorkshire in the 16th century.
Births and baptisms
Great War service
These wills created by members of the Banks family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1948, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- Henry Banks, 2 Eden Place, Ann Street, St Helier - 28 July 1937, D/Y/A/101
- John Banks, Grace Cottage, Eden Place, Ann Street, St Helier - 26 May 1939, D/Y/A/104
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