Friedrich Schenk

Brief Life History of Friedrich

When Friedrich Schenk was born on 6 July 1852, in Eggiwil, Bern, Switzerland, his father, Christian Schenk, was 37 and his mother, Ann Maria Bieri, was 33.

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Christian Schenk
Ann Maria Bieri
Christian Schenk
Mathias Schenk
Samuel Schenk
Friedrich Schenk
Magdalena Schenk
Magdalena Schenk
Gottlieb Schenk
Johannes Schenk

Sources (2)

  • Friedrich Schenk, „Schweiz, Katholische und Reformiert Kirchenbücher, 1418-1996“
  • Friedrich Schenk, "Switzerland Baptisms, 1491-1940"

World Events (5)


Jean Henru Dunant founded the Red Cross in Geneva.


Switzerland organizes Red Cross units during World War I.


Treaty of Versailles reaffirms Swiss neutrality.

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.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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