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An ancient Scottish tribe called the Boernicians were the first to use the surname Shank. It is a name for a person with long legs, or a peculiar manner of gait. Shank 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.

Shank Early Origins



The surname Shank 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.

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Shank Spelling Variations


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Shank Spelling Variations



Spelling rules only evolved in the last few centuries with the invention of the printing press and the first dictionaries. Spelling variations are extremely common in names from before that period. Shank has been spelled Shank, Shanke, Schank, Schanke, Shankis, Schankis, Shanks, Shanx, Schanx and many more.

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Shank Early History


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Shank Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shank 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 Shank History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Shank Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Shank Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shank Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Shank In Ireland


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Shank In Ireland



Some of the Shank 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



After making their great crossing, many Boernician-Scottish families settled along the east coast of North Ameri ca. When the War of Independence broke out, United Empire Loyalists moved north to Canada while the rest stayed to fight. The ancestors of many of these Scots still populate the continent. This century, through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations, they began to rediscover their collective national heritage. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Shank or a variant listed above:

Shank Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Stephen Shank settled in Barbados in 1663

Shank Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johannes Shank, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1731
  • Andreas Shank, aged 23, landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Jacob Shank, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Hans Jacob Shank, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Dieble Shank, aged 25, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1741
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Shank Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Conrad Shank, who arrived in Maryland in 1844
  • Mark Shank, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1870

Shank Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Henry Shank U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 11 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Capt. David Shank U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 he served in the Queens Rangers [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Shank Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Shank, who landed in Canada in 1831

Shank Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Shank, aged 22, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Shank (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Shank (post 1700)



  • Christopher B. Shank, American politician from Maryland, Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
  • Clifford Everett "Bud" Shank Jr. (1926-2009), American alto saxophonist and flautist, best known for his flute solo on the Mamas & Papas song California Dreamin'
  • Harvey Shank (b. 1946), Canadian retired Major League Baseball player
  • Taylor Bryan Shank, English writer, known as a war poet of World War I

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Suggested Readings for the name Shank


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Suggested Readings for the name Shank



  • Schenck, Shenk, Shank by Thomas L/ Shank.

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Motto


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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: Spero
Motto Translation: I hope.


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  7. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  8. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  9. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  11. ...

The Shank Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shank 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.

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