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The Shanklin 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. Shanklin is an occupational name for a cup bearer or server of wine. The name stems from the Old German word "scenko," which means "cup."

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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 Shanklin include Schenkel, Schenkell, Schenckel, Schaenkel, Schaenkell, Schanckel, Schankel, Schankell, Shankel, Shankell and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where this distinguished family established itself.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shanklin research. Another 142 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1771, 1786, 1813, 1845, and 1885 are included under the topic Early Shanklin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shanklin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Shanklin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James Shanklin, who landed in New York in 1818
  • C. D. Shanklin, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Chas. S. Shanklin, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894

Shanklin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Robert Shanklin, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States from Belfast, in 1900
  • Emma Shanklin, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1905
  • Arnold Shanklin, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Henry Shanklin, aged 28, who emigrated to America from Liverpool, England, in 1907
  • James Shanklin, aged 67, who landed in America from Donegal, Ireland, in 1907


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  • Ray Shanklin, American is a composer
  • William Arnold Shanklin (1862-1924), American adademic, President of Wesleyan University (1909 to 1923)
  • Wayne Shanklin (1916-1970), American music performer, composer, arranger, and producer
  • Ronnie Shanklin (1948-2003), professional American football wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chicago Bears
  • Jonathan Shanklin (b. 1953), Welsh meteorologist with the British Antarctic Survey, co-discoverer of the "Ozone Hole"
  • Tomos George L. Shanklin (b. 1979), former Welsh rugby union player


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  2. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
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  5. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
  6. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
  10. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
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The Shanklin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shanklin 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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