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A multitude of prestigious family names, such as the surname Schenk, 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.

Schenk Early Origins



The surname Schenk 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.

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Schenk Spelling Variations


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Schenk Spelling Variations



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

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Schenk Early History


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Schenk Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schenk research. Another 329 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1764, 1660, 1711, 1788 and 1841 are included under the topic Early Schenk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Schenk Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Schenk Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the period with the surname Schenk 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...

Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schenk Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Schenk Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Martin Schenk, who arrived in America in 1650

Schenk Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Koenraet Schenk, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Hans Nikel Schenk, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Johannes Schenk arrived in Lancaster in 1712
  • Chr Schenk, who arrived in America in 1731
  • Hans Schenk, who landed in America in 1731
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Schenk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Emma Schenk, who arrived in America in 1800
  • C Schenk, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849
  • Fr Schenk, who landed in Texas in 1847
  • Franz Joseph Schenk, aged 23, arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • August Schenk came to Texas in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Schenk (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Schenk (post 1700)



  • Lynn Schenk (b. 1945), former American Democratic politician from the state of California
  • William Schenk, American politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate 4th District, 1947-54
  • Sandra D. Schenk, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1976
  • Priscilla Schenk, American politician, Socialist Workers Candidate for U.S. Senator from New Jersey, 1984
  • Lynn Schenk (b. 1945), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from California 49th District, 1993-95; Defeated, 1994
  • Herbert Christian Schenk (1880-1972), American politician, Representative from Wisconsin 2nd District, 1944
  • H. H. Schenk, American politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives from Scotland County, 1942
  • Gene Schenk, American politician, Representative from Michigan 7th District, 1986
  • Frederick Schenk, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for California, 1992
  • Casper Schenk, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Iowa, 1914
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    3. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    7. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    8. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    9. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    11. ...

    The Schenk Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Schenk Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 29 February 2016 at 13:17.

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