Schenck History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

A multitude of prestigious family names, such as the surname Schenck, were formed in the lands which became the modern state of Silesia. In the medieval era, Germany was fragmented and inhabited by numerous Barbarian tribes, who fought amongst themselves for control of the land. The ancient dukedom of Silesia derived its name from the Germanic tribe named the Silingers, who occupied Silesia between the 2nd and the 6th centuries.

Early Origins of the Schenck family

The surname Schenck was first found in Silesia, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from the 13th century onwards. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation. The name Schenck was associated with service to many princely families, and several bearers of the name achieved prominent positions, such as Werner Schenck von Reicheneck, who was bishop of Bamberg in 1329.

Early History of the Schenck family

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Schenck Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Schenck, Schenk, Schencken, Schencker, Schenken, Schenker, Schaenker, Schaencker, Shenkin and many more.

Early Notables of the Schenck family (pre 1700)

Notables of the period with the surname Schenck were Schenk von Limburg (middle of 13th century), who was a noted German poet in the service of the Hohenstaufen Kings. Schenk von Lisseburg was also a poet...
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Schenck Ranking

In the United States, the name Schenck is the 5,475th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]


United States Schenck migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Schenck Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jan Schenck, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1620-1664 [2]
  • Jan Marteuse Schenck, who arrived in New York in 1650 [2]
  • Roelof Martense Schenck, who arrived in New York in 1650 [2]
  • Roelof Martinsen Schenck, who landed in New Jersey in 1650 [2]
  • Johannes Schenck, who arrived in New York in 1684-1685 [2]
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Schenck Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Michael Schenck, who arrived in Lancaster Pennsylvania in 1709
  • Michael Schenck, who settled in Philadelphia in 1727
  • Michell Schenck, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1727 [2]
  • Peter Andrew Schenck, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732 [2]
  • Andreas Schenck, who settled in Philadelphia in 1732
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Schenck Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John M Schenck, who landed in Maryland in 1831 [2]
  • Frederick G Schenck, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [2]
  • Leopold Schenck, who arrived in Texas in 1848 at the age of 30
  • Minnie Schenck, who arrived in Minnesota in 1849 [2]
  • C S Schenck, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Schenck (post 1700) +

  • Robert C. Schenck (1809-1890), American Civil War general and U.S. Congressman
  • Paul F. Schenck (1899-1968), U.S. Representative from Ohio
  • Joseph Schenck (1878-1961), pioneer executive of the American film industry
  • Edward J. Schenck, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1948 [3]
  • David K. Schenck, American politician, U.S. Collector of Customs, 1838-41 [3]
  • David Schenck, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 2008 [3]
  • Charles T. Schenck, American politician, Delegate to Socialist National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1920; Candidate for Pennsylvania State Auditor General, 1920 [3]
  • Abraham V. Schenck, American politician, Member of New Jersey State Senate from Middlesex County, 1883-85 [3]
  • Abraham V. Schenck, American politician, Mayor of New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1855-56 [3]
  • Abraham Henry Schenck (1775-1831), American Democratic Party politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Dutchess County, 1804-06; U.S. Representative from New York 4th District, 1815-17 [3]
  • ... (Another 30 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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