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The Shinkle surname originally appeared in Gaelic as O Sionnaigh, which is derived from "sionnach," which means "fox."

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Individual scribes in the Ireland during the Middle Ages would often record a person's name various ways. How the name was recorded depended on what that particular scribe believed the proper spelling for the name pronounced to him was. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the Shinkle family name include Shiner, Shinner, Shunny, Shunagh, Shunnagh, Shinnick, Shinnock, Shinick and many more.

First found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they held a family seat. This most ancient Irish surname is derived from Sionnach, the Fox, an epithet used by the Chief of the Irish Cathernaigh Clann, a branch of the northern Ui Fiachrach.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shinkle research. Another 232 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1845 is included under the topic Early Shinkle History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Shinkle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In the late 18th century, Irish families began emigrating to North America in the search of a plot of land to call their own. This pattern of emigration grew steadily until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s cause thousands of Irish to flee the death and disease that accompanied the disaster. Those that made it alive to the shores of the United States and British North America (later to become Canada) were, however, instrumental in the development of those two powerful nations. Many of these Irish immigrants proudly bore the name of Shinkle: L. Shiner who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1754; followed by John A. Shiner in 1868; W.S. Shinner who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1820.

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  • Brigadier-General Edward Marsh Shinkle (1878-1966), American Commanding Officer Ogden Arsenal, Utah in 1942
  • Norman D. Shinkle (b. 1950), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State Senate 11th District, 1983-90; Defeated, 1990; Chair of Ingham County Republican Party, 2007


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The Shinkle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shinkle 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 22 October 2015 at 11:38.

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