Shanks Family History
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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