Hank

First Name
11k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Hank mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Hank

"Hank" is a name of American origin, and it means "Ruler of the Home". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Hank
Senses
  1. A parcel consisting of two or more skeins of yarn or thread tied together.
  2. A rope or withe for fastening a gate.(Prov. Eng)
  3. Hold; influence."When the devil hath got such a hank over him." [Bp. Sanderson.]
  4. [Naut] A ring or eye of rope, wood, or iron, attached to the edge of a sail and running on a stay.
  5. [Wrestling] A throw in which a wrestler turns his left side to his opponent, twines his left leg about his opponent's right leg from the inside, and throws him backward.

Etymology: Cf. Dan. hank handle, Sw. hank a band or tie, Icel. hanki hasp, clasp, hönk hangr, hank, coil, skein, G. henkel henk, handle; all probably akin to E. hang. See Hang

verb Hank
Senses
  1. Etymology: OE. hanken

    To fasten with a rope, as a gate.(Prov. Eng)
  2. To form into hanks.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A coil of rope or wool or yarn
Wiktionary
  1. A diminutive of the male given name Henry.
  2. (archaic) A diminutive of the given name Hankin (a medieval form of John).

Hank was also found in the following language(s): Central Franconian and Luxembourgish

Notable Persons Named Hank

Hank Williams was a country music, western music (north america), honky-tonk, folk music, blues, and gospel music singer-songwriter and musician. He plays Lead vocalist and Guitar. He holds the title My Bucket's Got a Hole in It, Lovesick Blues, and Beyond the Sunset. He was most active from 1937 to 1953. Hank was given the name Hiram King Williams on September 17th, 1923 in Butler County, Alabama, United States. Hank is also known as Luke the Drifter, The Hillbilly Shakespeare, and The Singing Kid. He breathed his last breath on January 1st, 1953.

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Hank Azaria is an actor, voice actor, comedian, and producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1986 to present. Hank was given the name Henry Albert Azaria on April 25th, 1964 in Queens.

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Hank Green is a youtube vlogger and musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 2007 to present. Hank was given the name William Henry Green II on May 5th, 1980 in Birmingham, Alabama, United States.

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Hank Aaron is a baseball player. Hank was born on February 5th, 1934 in Mobile, Alabama.

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Hank Williams III is a country music, country rock, gothabilly, cowpunk, hardcore punk, heavy metal music, and outlaw country musician. He plays Vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, banjo, Yodeling, Guild Guitar Company, Fryette Amplification, LOUD Technologies, and Randall Amplifiers. His most notable accomplishments were from 1991 to present. Hank was given the name Shelton Hank Williams on December 12th, 1972 in Nashville, Tennessee. Hank is also known as Hank 3.

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Hank Henshaw is a comics character.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Hank

Big Bank Hank was a hip hop music and old-school hip hop musician. He was most active from 1977 to 2014. Big was given the name Henry Lee Jackson on January 11th, 1956 in The Bronx, New York City, United States. He died on November 11th, 2014.

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Hank was an entertainer, radio personality, and entertainment. Hank was born on April 20th, 1962 in Fall River, Massachusetts. He breathed his last breath on September 4th, 2001.

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Tigre was born on September 30th, 1991 in Tijuana, Mexico.

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Bob was born on June 19th, 1923. He breathed his last breath on June 14th, 2012.

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William was born on September 25th, 1902. He left this life on November 14th, 1942.

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Daniel Hank is a producer and executive. Daniel was born in New York, New York.

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How popular is the baby name Hank in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1908 5 0 5
1909 6 0 6
1911 5 0 5
1914 5 0 5
1915 6 0 6
1916 7 0 7
1918 8 0 8
1919 7 0 7
1920 9 0 9
1921 9 0 9
1922 13 0 13
1923 16 0 16
1924 20 0 20
1925 6 0 6
1926 11 0 11
1927 21 0 21
1928 9 0 9
1929 10 0 10
1930 13 0 13
1931 17 0 17
1932 16 0 16
1933 17 0 17
1934 9 0 9
1935 21 0 21
1936 24 0 24
1937 22 0 22
1938 18 0 18
1939 28 0 28
1940 26 0 26
1941 22 0 22
1942 32 0 32
1943 40 0 40
1944 30 0 30
1945 40 0 40
1946 61 0 61
1947 76 0 76
1948 71 0 71
1949 65 0 65
1950 84 0 84
1951 103 0 103
1952 105 0 105
1953 155 0 155
1954 175 0 175
1955 121 0 121
1956 168 0 168
1957 153 0 153
1958 147 0 147
1959 159 0 159
1960 155 0 155
1961 153 0 153
1962 149 0 149
1963 177 0 177
1964 186 0 186
1965 187 0 187
1966 158 0 158
1967 148 0 148
1968 134 0 134
1969 117 0 117
1970 154 0 154
1971 111 0 111
1972 107 0 107
1973 105 0 105
1974 117 0 117
1975 97 0 97
1976 76 0 76
1977 83 0 83
1978 63 0 63
1979 72 0 72
1980 94 0 94
1981 100 0 100
1982 85 0 85
1983 111 0 111
1984 96 0 96
1985 87 0 87
1986 94 0 94
1987 108 0 108
1988 99 0 99
1989 100 0 100
1990 95 0 95
1991 95 0 95
1992 115 0 115
1993 88 0 88
1994 67 0 67
1995 86 0 86
1996 73 0 73
1997 84 0 84
1998 89 0 89
1999 56 0 56
2000 82 0 82
2001 79 0 79
2002 73 0 73
2003 89 0 89
2004 134 0 134
2005 141 0 141
2006 135 0 135
2007 158 0 158
2008 181 0 181
2009 169 0 169
2010 266 0 266
2011 336 0 336
2012 345 0 345
2013 390 0 390
2014 448 0 448
2015 532 0 532
2016 631 0 631
2017 677 0 677

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Popularity of Hank as a first name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Hank U.S.
  White 85.49% 64.26%
  African American 3.29% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.88% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 3.08% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.87% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.39% 16.26%

Of Last Name Hank

People with the last name Hank are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Hank

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  • How Popular is the name Hank? Hank is the 2,316th most popular name of all time. As a last name Hank was the 15,318th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Hank have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 11,428 babies born with the first name Hank in the United States. That's more than enough people named Hank to occupy the country of Tuvalu with an estimated population of 10,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Hank? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1908 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Hank first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Hank is Friday, May 10th, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named Hank born? The highest recorded use of the first name Hank was in 2017 with a total of 677 babies.
  • Random Hank Factoid: According to the 1980 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Hank is not a popular baby boy's name in Kentucky. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Kentucky have the same name as you in 1980.
  • Weird things about the name Hank: Your name in reverse order is Knah. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Kahn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Hank? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,916 people with the last name Hank.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Hank? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Hank as their last name since less than 1 person in 154k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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