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Shank Family History

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

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Where is the Shank family from?

You can see how Shank families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shank family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Shank families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 100 Shank families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 37% of all the recorded Shank's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Shank families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Shank surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Shank ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Shank. 15% of Shank men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Shank women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shank were Carpenter and Housework. .

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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

  • Laborer
    15%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Carpenter
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Clerk
    6%
  • Housework
    5%
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Census Records

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.

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Passenger Lists

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.

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Draft Cards

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.

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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.

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