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Hanks Surname Origin
A nurse-name, or an abbreviation of John, the 'a' being added for 'son;' so 'Sims,' and 'Gibbs,' etc.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Hanks Surname Meaning and Family Facts
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A Hanks Family History Thought:
'Not to know what happened before we were born is to remain perpetually a child. For what is the worth of a human life unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history' -- Cicero