Shankly was first used as a surname by the descendants of a people of ancient Scotland
called the Boernicians
. Shankly is a name for a person with long legs, or a peculiar manner of gait. Shankly 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.
Early Origins of the Shankly family
The surname Shankly 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.
Early History of the Shankly family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shankly 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 Shankly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Shankly Spelling Variations
Spelling rules had not yet evolved in medieval Scotland
, some names dating from that era often appear many different ways. Some spelling variations
of Shankly include Shank, Shanke, Schank, Schanke, Shankis, Schankis, Shanks, Shanx, Schanx and many more.
Early Notables of the Shankly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Shankly family to Ireland
Some of the Shankly 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.
Migration of the Shankly family to the New World and Oceana
The Boernician-Scottish people who came to North America were often nearly penniless when they arrived, and brought very few personal effects with them. Much Scottish heritage was lost in the process, and it is only this century that highland games, Clan
societies, and other patriotic Scottish organizations have helped the ancestors of Scots to rediscover their national legacy. Shanklys were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Stephen Shank settled in Barbados in 1663; John George Shank arrived in Pennsylvania in 1770; John Shanks settled in Virginia in 1650; another John Shanks arrived in Virginia in 1734.
The Shankly 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 Translation: I hope.