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Shanks Family History

Shanks Name Meaning
Scottish and northern Irish: nickname for someone with long legs or some peculiarity of gait, from Old English sceanca ‘shin bone’, ‘leg’. This vocabulary word was preserved in Scotland, whereas in England it was replaced by Old Norse leggr.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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103,337 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
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Name Distribution of Shanks Families

  • Number of Shanks families
     75 - 147
     26 - 74
     1 - 25
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Shanks families
     103 - 204
     35 - 102
     1 - 34
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Shanks families
     315 - 627
     106 - 314
     1 - 105
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Shanks Family Origin

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Shanks Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Shanks

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Shanks Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Shanks Civil War Service Records

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