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Hank (M)>

Hank (male)

Pet Name for:Henry (M) John (M)
Derivative of:Johan (M)
Source(s): The Oxford Names Companion, OUP
"Scottish Forenames" - Donald Whyte, FGH, FSG

English, especially US.

Hank was a back-formation from Hankin, a medieval surname derived from Johan, a form of John. Hank is therefore sometimes a pet name for John (Hebrew "God has been gracious"). However in the US now Hank is more likely to be a pet name for Henry [q.v.] (Old German "head of household"), and can also be a given name in its own right.