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Shunk Name Meaning

Americanized form of German Schunk or Schank .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Shonk, Shuck, Shank, Shenk, Yunk, Shirk, Shack, Sheek, Shock, Shane

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Where is the Shunk family from?

You can see how Shunk families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shunk family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Shunk families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 22 Shunk families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 52% of all the recorded Shunk's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Shunk families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Shunk surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Shunk ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Shunk. 25% of Shunk men worked as a Laborer and 19% of Shunk women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shunk were Truck Driver and Stenographer. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Cook
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Shunk. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shunk 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 492 immigration records available for the last name Shunk. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Shunk. For the veterans among your Shunk ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Shunk lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Shunk life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Shunk in 1945 was 53, and 69 in 2004.

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