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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Surname Saturday: Schunk

According to Dictionary of American Family Names, edited by Patrick Hanks (Oxford University Press, 2003), the surname Schunk comes from a South German nickname for someone with long legs (the Middle High German word for leg bone is schinke) or from a Slavic word meaning "piglet."

Absolute distribution

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Relative distribution

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My known Schunk ancestors are:

5th-great-grandmother: Agnes Schunk
born about 1744, Kendenich, Rhein-Erft, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
married Heinrich Erp
died 9 March 1819, Kendenich, Rhein-Erft, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

6th-great-grandfather: Peter Schunk

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