Shenk Family History

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Shenk Name Meaning

Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant spelling of Schenk 2. Americanized spelling of German Schenk or Slovenian Šenk (see Senk).

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


Similar surnames: Senk, Shen, Shonk, Schenk, Shunk, Sheek, Shank, Shuck, Shane, Shein

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Shenk Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Shenk name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Shenk. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    45%

  • Germanic Europe

    20%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    13%

  • Eastern Europe & Russia

    3%

  • Italy

    3%

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Shenk Family Origin

Where is the Shenk family from?

Shenk Family Occupations

What did your Shenk ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Shenk occupation in the USA was Farmer. 35% of Shenk's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Shenk family was Keeping House. Farmer, Laborer and Farm were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shenk.

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  • Farmer

    35%
  • Laborer

    10%
  • Farm

    8%
  • Keeping House

    5%

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

Shenk Historical Records

What Shenk family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 15,000 census records available for the last name Shenk. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shenk 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Shenk. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Shenk. For the veterans among your Shenk ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Shenk Life Expectancy

What is the average Shenk lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Shenk life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Shenk in 1955 was 35, and 82 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Shenk

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Shenk 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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