Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.
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Related and similar surnamesSchank
The Shank surname in historical dictionaries
Patronymica Britannica (1860)
SHANK. Shanli, in Scotland, is a topographical word, meaning the projecting point of a hill. Tiie family existed in early times in Slid- Lothian, the founder being Mui'doch Schank, who is said to have discovered, and taken charge of, the body of Alexander III., King of Scotland, who met his death while hunting in 1286. For this service, Robert Bruce presented him Avith the lands of Castlerigg. B.L.G.