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Descendants of Isaac Gillbanks

A message from Jim Gillbanks

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James Gillbanks
Maghull
Liverpool, England
Send email to preparer: gillbanks1(@)hotmail.com
Ultimate Family Tree, ver 2.1
JIMMY Project Version 176
February 20, 2003
My thanks to David G. Gillbanks and John Ryan for their help with this project.

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GILLBANKS

This most interesting surname,of Old Scandinavian origin appears widespread in the Lake District of England, and is a topographical name, for a "dweller by the bank or ridge of a ravine" from the Old Norse "gil" meaning ravine or narrow valley, and the Old Danish or Old Norse "banke" meaning bank or ridge. The surname is widespread in Cumberland , Yorkshire, and Lancashire as is shown by early recordings of the name in these regions.
There is however a puzzle of why they family used two names Banks and Gillbanks, this led to some difficulty in tracing back to Isaac, how I solved the puzzle is explained here

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