Shank Family History

14-Day Free Trial


Shank Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of Schank. Northern English and Scottish: variant of Shanks.

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

Similar surnames: Shonk, Shan, Shane, Shunk, Shenk, Shanks, Slack, Shack, Shuck, Schank

Ready to discover your family story?

Simply start with yourself and we'll do the searching for you.

Shank Family Origin

Where is the Shank family from?

Shank Family Occupations

What did your Shank ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Shank occupation in the USA was Farmer. 44% of Shank's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Shank family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shank.

View Census data for Shank | Data not to scale

  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Shank Historical Records

What Shank family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 69,000 census records available for the last name Shank. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shank census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1940's US census records for Shank

Passenger List

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Shank. 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.

View all Shank immigration records

Draft Card

There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Shank. For the veterans among your Shank ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Shank military records

You've only scratched the surface of Shank family history.

Shank Life Expectancy

What is the average Shank lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Shank life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Shank in 1945 was 32, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Shank

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Shank 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.

Look up another name