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The Shankles 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. Shankles 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 Shankles family


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

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Early History of the Shankles family

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Early History of the Shankles family


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Shankles Spelling Variations

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Shankles Spelling Variations


In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Shankles include Schenkel, Schenkell, Schenckel, Schaenkel, Schaenkell, Schanckel, Schankel, Schankell, Shankel, Shankell and many more.

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Early Notables of the Shankles family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Shankles family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Shankles family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Shankles family to the New World and Oceana


The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie Among those of this surname listed in various historical records 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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Shankles (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Shankles (post 1700)


  • Chuck Shankles, participant in television series The Amazing Race (2003)

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