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A multitude of prestigious family names, such as the surname Shenk, were formed in the lands which became the modern state of Silesia. In the medieval era, Germany was fragmented and inhabited by numerous Barbarian tribes, who fought amongst themselves for control of the land. The ancient dukedom of Silesia derived its name from the Germanic tribe named the Silingers, who occupied Silesia between the 2nd and the 6th centuries.

Shenk Early Origins



The surname Shenk was first found in Silesia, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from the 13th century onwards. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation. The name Schenck was associated with service to many princely families, and several bearers of the name achieved prominent positions, such as Werner Schenck von Reicheneck, who was bishop of Bamberg in 1329.

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Shenk Spelling Variations


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Shenk Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Schenck, Schenk, Schencken, Schencker, Schenken, Schenker, Schaenker and many more.

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Shenk Early History


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Shenk Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shenk research. Another 329 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1764, 1660, 1711, 1788 and 1841 are included under the topic Early Shenk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Shenk Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Shenk Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the period with the surname Shenk were Schenk von Limburg (middle of 13th century), who was a noted German poet in the service of the Hohenstaufen Kings. Schenk von Lisseburg was also a poet...

Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shenk Notables 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Shenk Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Johannes Shenk, who landed in New York in 1684-1685

Shenk Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anna Shenk, aged 40, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Hans Georg Shenk, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1742
  • Christopher Shenk, aged 29, landed in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Henry Shenk, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1761
  • Jacob Shenk, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765

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Contemporary Notables of the name Shenk (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Shenk (post 1700)



  • John W. Shenk, American politician, Justice of California State Supreme Court, 1926-31
  • John Shenk (1782-1846), American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Hamburg, Pennsylvania, 1830-41

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    2. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    4. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    5. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    6. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    7. 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).
    8. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
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    The Shenk Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shenk 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.

    This page was last modified on 2 November 2015 at 10:29.

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