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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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  • Farmer

    47%
  • Labourer

    5%
  • Laborer

    4%
  • Teamster

    4%

In 1881, the most common Shanks occupation in Canada was Farmer. 47% of Shanks's were Farmers. Farmer, Labourer and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shanks. A less common occupation for the Shanks family was Teamster.

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Shanks Historical Records

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Shanks Life Expectancy

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