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The origin of this name is somewhat uncertain; it almost certainly comes from the Old High German word "sleht," but this word has two different meanings. The first is "direct or natural," so the name may have originated as a nickname for someone who was straightforward in his manner. The other meaning is "flat," and there are several areas around Germany named for the word, so the name may have been given to a man from any of these places.

Schlenker Early Origins



The surname Schlenker was first found in Austria, where the name Schlenker became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history, bearers of the name became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family. The origin of this name is somewhat uncertain; it almost certainly comes from the Old High German word "sleht," but this word has two different meanings. The first is "direct or natural," so the name may have originated as a nickname for someone who was straightforward in his manner. The other meaning is "flat," and there are several areas around Germany named for the word, so the name may have been given to a man from any of these places.

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Schlenker Spelling Variations


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Schlenker Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Schlicht, Schlecht, Schlichte, Schlichter, Schlichtmann, Schliche and many more.

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Schlenker Early History


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Schlenker Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schlenker research. Another 232 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1387 is included under the topic Early Schlenker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Schlenker Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Schlenker Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Schlenker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Karl Gottlieb Schlenker, who landed in America in 1836
  • Johanna Schlenker, who arrived in Texas in 1854
  • Mrs. A Schlenker, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1860
  • Andreas Schlenker, aged 34, arrived in New York, NY in 1878
  • Johann, Schlenker Jr., aged 32, landed in New York, NY in 1878

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Contemporary Notables of the name Schlenker (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Schlenker (post 1700)



  • Martin Schlenker, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Greene County, 1900
  • Vincent Schlenker (b. 1992), German professional ice hockey player
  • Leutnant Georg Schlenker, German World War I flying ace credited with 14 aerial victories

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    2. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    3. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. 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. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    6. 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).
    7. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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    The Schlenker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Schlenker 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 11 March 2016 at 23:05.

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