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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


Similar surnames: Shank, Shan, Shanes, Shands, Sands, Shand, Hanks, Stanis, Shane

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Shanks Family Origin

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Shanks Family Occupations

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In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shanks. The most common Shanks occupation in the USA was Farmer. 46% of Shanks's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Shanks family was Farm Laborer.

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  • Farmer

    46%
  • Keeping House

    8%
  • Laborer

    6%
  • Farm Laborer

    4%

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Shanks Historical Records

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Census records can give you a fascinating window into the day-to-day lives of your Shanks ancestors - like hours worked per week, level of education, veteran status, employers, and more.

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Shanks Life Expectancy

What is the average Shanks lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, Shanks life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Shanks in 1943 was 51, and 73 in 2004.

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