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Schenk Surname Meaning

German and Dutch: from Middle High German Middle Dutch schenke ‘cupbearer wine server’ (from Old High German scenko from scenken ‘to pour out or serve’) hence an occupational name for a cupbearer or server of wine. It also denotes an innkeeper. In another development similar to English Butler the word came to be used as an honorary title for a high court official and some cases of the surname may have arisen from this use. The surname Schenk of German origin is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine) Hungary Czechia and Slovenia (see also 3 below). Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for an innkeeper from German Schenke ‘inn tavern’. At one time only Jews were allowed to sell alcohol in the Russian empire which is why S(c)henk and its related surnames are very common as Jewish names. Germanized form of Czech and Slovenian Šenk (see Senk ) a surname of German origin (compare 1 above).

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

Similar surnames: Scheck, Schalk, Schrenk, Schoen, Scheid, Schunk, Schenker, Schenkel

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You can see how Schenk families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Schenk family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Schenk families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 62 Schenk families living in Ontario. This was about 75% of all the recorded Schenk's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Schenk families in 1911.
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What did your Schenk ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Schenk. 80% of Schenk men worked as a Farmer. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Butcher
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Passenger Lists

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There are 17,000 military records available for the last name Schenk. For the veterans among your Schenk ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Schenk lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Schenk life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1955. The average life expectancy for Schenk in 1942 was 54, and 79 in 2004.

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