Schenks History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

A multitude of prestigious family names, such as the surname Schenks, 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 Schenks family

The surname Schenks 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 Schenks family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schenks research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1764, 1660, 1711, 1788 and 1841 are included under the topic Early Schenks History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Schenks Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Schenks family (pre 1700)

Notables of the period with the surname Schenks 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 Schenks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Schenks migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Schenks Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mat Schenks, who landed in America in 1731 [1]


  1. ^ 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)


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