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Shankle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Shankle family originated in Bavaria, Germany. As hereditary surnames were adopted in that area beginning in the 12th century, people were often identified by the kind of work they did. Shankle is an occupational name for a cup bearer or server of wine. The name stems from the Old German word "scenko," which means "cup."

Early Origins of the Shankle family


The surname Shankle was first found in Bavaria, where this distinguished family established itself.

Early History of the Shankle family


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Shankle Spelling Variations


Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Shankle include Schenkel, Schenkell, Schenckel, Schaenkel, Schaenkell, Schanckel, Schankel, Schankell, Shankel, Shankell and many more.

Early Notables of the Shankle family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Shankle family to the New World and Oceana


European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Shankles to arrive in North America, and among them were: Johannes Schenkel, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1731; Jacob Schenkel, who arrived in Philadelphia, at the age of 27; in 1735; Johan Shenkell, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1738.

Contemporary Notables of the name Shankle (post 1700)


  • David Lee Shankle (b. 1967), American guitarist
  • Joel Shankle (b. 1933), American bronze medalist athlete at the 1956 Summer Olympics, ACC Male Athlete of the Year (1954)

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