Shanke is a name, who ancestors come from the noble Boernician
clans of the Scottish-English border region. It is a name for a person with long legs, or a peculiar manner of gait. Shanke is a nickname
, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. Nicknames form a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, and can refer directly or indirectly to one's personality, physical attributes, mannerisms, or even their habits of dress. It derives from the Old English word sceanca,
which means shin bone, or leg.
While this word has survived in Scotland
, it has been replaced in England
, by the Old Norse word leggr,
which means leg.
Early Origins of the Shanke family
The surname Shanke was first found in Midlothian
, where the family held a family seat
from very ancient times. They were designated as 'Shank of that Ilk" meaning an ancient Clan
who possessed lands of that same name. Murdoch Shank, son of the first recorded chief of the Clan
of Shank in Mid Lothian
, was granted the lands of Kinghorn in Fife
by a Charter from King Robert the Bruce of Scotland
in the year 1319 for his allegiance and loyalty of the clan in his fight for the crown of Scotland.
Early History of the Shanke family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shanke research.Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1426, 1490, 1489, 1490, 1643, 1725, 1636, 1620, 1630, 1635 and are included under the topic Early Shanke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Shanke Spelling Variations
names that evolved in the largely preliterate Middle Ages are often marked by considerable spelling variations
. Shanke has been spelled Shank, Shanke, Schank, Schanke, Shankis, Schankis, Shanks, Shanx, Schanx and many more.
Early Notables of the Shanke family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was John Shank, also spelled Shanke or Shanks (died 1636), an actor in English Renaissance
theatre, a leading comedian in the King's Men during the 1620s and 1630s. A long time resident in St. Giles's, Cripplegate, "he speaks... Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shanke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Shanke family to Ireland
Some of the Shanke family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 60 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Shanke family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the Boernician-Scottish Clan
families who came to North America were Loyalists who went north to Canada after the American War of Independence
. Families on both sides of the border went on to found two of the world's great nations. This century, families with Scottish roots have rediscovered their heritage through highland games and clan societies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Shanke or a variant listed above:
Shanke Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Shanke, who arrived in Maryland in 1670 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
The Shanke Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto Translation: I hope.
Shanke Family Crest Products
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)