A multitude of prestigious family names, such as the surname Shenken, 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.
Early Origins of the Shenken family
The surname Shenken 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.
Early History of the Shenken family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shenken research.Another 329 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1764, 1660, 1711, 1788 and 1841 are included under the topic Early Shenken History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Shenken Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Schenck, Schenk, Schencken, Schencker, Schenken, Schenker, Schaenker and many more.
Early Notables of the Shenken family (pre 1700)
Notables of the period with the surname Shenken 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 Shenken Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Shenken family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Michael Schenck, who arrived in Lancaster Pennsylvania in 1709; as did Johannes Schenk in 1712; Michael Schenck came to Philadelphia in 1727; as well as Andreas Schenck in 1732.