Birth Name: Jillian Rose Banks
Place of Birth: Orange, California, United States
Date of Birth: June 16, 1988
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)
*possibly English (father)
Banks, also credited as BANKS, is an American R&B singer and songwriter. She has been compared to The Weeknd and Aaliyah for her “dark R&B” sound.
Her mother is Jewish.
Banks’s maternal grandfather was Richard Montgomery Gold (the son of Philip Gold and Rose Cohen). Richard was born in California. Philip was born in Pennsylvania, to parents from Russia. Rose was born in England, to parents from Russia.
Banks’s maternal grandmother is Judith “Judy” Grossman (the daughter of William Abraham Grossman and Rebecca Miller). Judith was born in California. William was born in Colorado, to parents from Russia. Rebecca was born in Colorado, the daughter of Herman Miller, who was from Stropko, Hungary (now Slovakia), and of Frieda/Freida Leiser, who was from Jaśliska, Poland.
Sources: Marriage record of Banks’ maternal grandparents, Richard Montgomery Gold and Judith Grossman – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Banks’ maternal grandfather, Richard Montgomery Gold – http://www.legacy.com
Banks’ maternal great-grandparents, William Abraham Grossman and Rebecca Miller, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org