The name Hanks carries a great deal of speculation concerning its origin: From Ankh to Hanks. "Didn't know that our friend Old King Tut was the great granddaddy of Abraham Lincoln, did you? Well, Professor Henry Lawrence, of the Connecticul College for Women says that he is, and he ought to know. He says the "Ankh" in tut-Ankh-Amen is the old boy from whom descended Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks, had been traced back to England, down to the Roman conquest. He said the Romans used Egyptian troops in the conquest and occupation of Britain, and that one of the officers was a noble Egyptian named Ankh, a descendent of King Tut. He settled permanently in Britain, starting the family that later changed the name into Hanks, Lawrence said."
© 2008, Daniel C. Hanks