When John B. Shonk was born on 16 November 1862, in Plymouth, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, John Jenks Shonk, was 47 and his mother, Amanda Davenport, was 43. He died on 29 September 1863, in his hometown, at the age of 0, and was buried in Plymouth, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States.
Americanized form of German Schank .
English (Kent and Essex): variant of Shank .
Possibly also an Americanized form of Czech Šonka (see Sonka ).