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A multitude of prestigious family names, such as the surname Shenkman, 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.
The surname Shenkman 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.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Schenck, Schenk, Schencken, Schencker, Schenken, Schenker, Schaenker and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shenkman research. Another 329 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1764, 1660, 1711, 1788 and 1841 are included under the topic Early Shenkman History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 125 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shenkman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Shenkman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
The Shenkman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shenkman 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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