Johann Michael Schenk


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Johann Michael Schenk was born in 1706, in Bonfeld, Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

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    1813 · Germans defeat Napolean in Leipzig

    Age 107

    On Oct 19, 1813, Germany defeats Napolean. The commanding officer for the Allied side was Prince Karl Phillipp Schwarzenberg.


    Age 108

    The Congress of Vienna established the German Confederation of 39 independent German states.

    Name Meaning

    Some characteristic forenames: German Kurt, Otto, Arno, Erwin, Gerhard, Hans, Lothar, Armin, Florian, Frieda, Fritz, Gottlieb.

    German and Dutch: from Middle High German, Middle Dutch schenke ‘cupbearer, wine server’ (from Old High German scenko, from scenken ‘to pour out or serve’), hence an occupational name for a cupbearer or server of wine. It also denotes an innkeeper. In another development, similar to English Butler , the word came to be used as an honorary title for a high court official, and some cases of the surname may have arisen from this use. The surname Schenk of German origin is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine), Hungary, Czechia, and Slovenia (see also 3 below).

    Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for an innkeeper, from German Schenke ‘inn, tavern’. At one time only Jews were allowed to sell alcohol in the Russian empire, which is why S(c)henk and its related surnames are very common as Jewish names.

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