The story of the name Schanke begins with a family in the Boernician
tribe of the ancient Scottish-English border region. Schanke is a name for a person with long legs, or a peculiar manner of gait. Schanke 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 Schanke family
The surname Schanke 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 Schanke family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schanke research.Another 213 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1426, 1489, 1490, 1620, 1630, 1636, 1643, 1725, and 1823 are included under the topic Early Schanke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Schanke Spelling Variations
A lack of rules and the tendency of scribes to spell according to the sound of the word plagued medieval spelling. Not surprisingly, an enormous number of spelling variations
appeared. Schanke has been written Shank, Shanke, Schank, Schanke, Shankis, Schankis, Shanks, Shanx, Schanx and many more.
Early Notables of the Schanke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Schanke family to Ireland
Some of the Schanke family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 264 words (19 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 Schanke family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scots crossed the Atlantic for North America hoping to escape poverty, as well as persecution. Much of their heritage was lost along the way and overtime. This century, however, Clan
societies and highland games have allowed many ancestral Scots to recover their birthright. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Schanke arrived in North America very early: Stephen Shank settled in Barbados in 1663; John George Shank arrived in Pennsylvania in 1770; John Shanks settled in Virginia in 1650; another John Shanks arrived in Virginia in 1734.
Contemporary Notables of the name Schanke (post 1700)
- Adolph M. Schanke, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Iowa 4th District, 1922; Candidate for Iowa State House of Representatives from Cerro Gordo County, 1950 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
The Schanke 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.