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Schenk Name Meaning

German and Dutch: from Middle High German, Middle Dutch schenke, ‘cupbearer’, ‘wine server’ (from Old High German scenko, from scenken ‘to pour out or serve’), hence an occupational name for a cupbearer or server of wine. As a German name it also denotes a tavernkeeper. In another development, similar to English Butler, the word came to be used as an honorary title for a high court official, and some cases of the surname may have arisen from this use. Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for an innkeeper, from German Schenke ‘inn’, ‘tavern’. At one time only Jews were allowed to sell alcohol in the Russian empire, which is why Shenk and its related surnames are very common.

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


Similar surnames: Scheck, Schalk, Schrenk, Schoen, Scheid, Schunk, Schenker, Schenkel

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Where is the Schenk family from?

You can see how Schenk families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Schenk family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Schenk families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 11 Schenk families living in New York. This was about 34% of all the recorded Schenk's in USA. New York had the highest population of Schenk families in 1840.
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What did your Schenk ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Schenk. 16% of Schenk men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Schenk women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Schenk were Machinist and Housekeeper. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
    16%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Machinist
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    12%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Schenk. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 17,000 military records available for the last name Schenk. For the veterans among your Schenk ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Schenk lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Schenk life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1955. The average life expectancy for Schenk in 1942 was 54, and 79 in 2004.

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