Is there a Sassanian cognate of the Eng. bank?

Discussion in 'Etymology, History of languages and Linguistics (EHL)' started by mojobadshah, Jun 14, 2013.

  1. mojobadshah Senior Member

    Wikipedia gives byaya "expense" + onka "calculation" as a possible origin for the English bank. A while back I also came a cross an English words of Persian origins list that rendered a Sassanian form as benke. Cheque is of Persian origin, but does this Sassanian form of bank really exist?
  2. fdb Senior Member

    Cambridge, UK
    French (France)
    We had a long thread about this recently:

    banco and banca (Italian words)
  3. Treaty Senior Member

    There is folk etymology in Iran to connect bank with bonak (~ store) or bongāh (~ store, firm) which are both from boneh (~ assets, baggage: Pahl. bunag). Maybe the Sassanian word is related to this.
  4. mojobadshah Senior Member

    I don't know why but that link doesn't work.
  5. rbrunner Senior Member

    German - Switzerland

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