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

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  1. United States film actor (born in 1956)
  1. plural of hank

Notable Persons Named Hanks


Notable Persons With the Last Name Hanks

Tom Hanks is an actor and filmmaker. He has been prominent since 1978. Tom was given the name Thomas Jeffrey Hanks on July 9th, 1956 in Concord, California, U.S.


Colin Hanks is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1996 to present. Colin was given the name Colin Lewes Dillingham on November 24th, 1977 in Sacramento, California, U.S.


Jim Hanks is an actor, voice actor, and filmmaker. He was most active from 1992 to present. Jim was given the name James Mathew Hanks on June 15th, 1961 in Shasta, California, U.S. Jim is also known as Jimmy Hanks.


Nancy was given the name Nancy Hanks in Hampshire County, Virginia, U.S. She passed away on October 5th, 1818.


Camille Cosby is a television producer. Camille was given the name Camille Olivia Hanks on March 20th, 1944 in Washington, D.C. Camille is also known as Camille O. Cosby and Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby.


Robert Lowery was an actor. He was most prominent from 1936 to 1967. Robert was given the name Robert Larkin Hanks on October 17th, 1913 in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. Robert is also known as Bob Lowery and Bob Lowry. He breathed his last breath on December 26th, 1971.


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Popularity of Hanks as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Hanks U.S.
  White 83.14% 64.26%
  African American 10.46% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.39% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.49% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.91% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.61% 16.26%

Of Last Name Hanks

People with the last name Hanks are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Hanks

  • How Popular is the name Hanks? As a last name Hanks was the 2,066th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Hanks first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Hanks is Saturday, February 18th, 1893.
  • How unique is the name Hanks? From 1880 to 2016 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Hanks. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Hanks: Your name in reverse order is Sknah. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Snhka. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Hanks? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 17,498 people with the last name Hanks.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Hanks? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 6 of them will have Hanks as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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