The Shinkle surname originally appeared in Gaelic as O Sionnaigh, which is derived from "sionnach," which means "fox."
Early Origins of the Shinkle family
The surname Shinkle was 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.
Early History of the Shinkle family
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Shinkle Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Shinkle family (pre 1700)
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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:
Shinkle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Helen I. Shinkle, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1895 aboard the ship "Majestic (1890)" from Liverpool, England
Shinkle Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Robert C. Shinkle, aged 34, arrived in New York in 1915 aboard the ship "Oceana" from Bermuda 
Madge M. Shinkle, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1915 aboard the ship "Oceana" from Bermuda 
Frances Shinkle, aged 19, destined for Cincinnati, Ohio, arrived in New York in 1922 aboard the ship "Kroonland" from Southampton, England
Ann Shinkle, aged 17,destined for Cincinnati, Ohio, arrived in New York in 1923 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Liverpool, England