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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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Schenk Family Origin

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Schenk Family Occupations

What did your Schenk ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Schenk. A less common occupation for the Schenk family was Keeping House. The most common Schenk occupation in the USA was Farmer. 24% of Schenk's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    24%
  • Laborer

    6%
  • Carpenter

    4%
  • Keeping House

    3%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Schenk ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Schenk Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Schenk. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Schenk census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 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 Card

There are 1,000 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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Schenk Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Schenk ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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