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‘Shanks’ is a Scottish surname.
The name has two possible origins, the first was given to people who lived in and around the Land of Shank, in Midlothian, Scotland. The surname is still found throughout Scotland with high concentrations in North Lanarkshire and Aberdeen in particular.
The second origin of the surname was given to people who had long legs or a peculiarity of gait, as this origin of the surname comes from the Old English word ‘Sceanca’ meaning leg which evolved over time into the word ‘Shank’ or ‘Shanks.’ This word remained in common use in Scotland, still being used today. However, in England it was replaced by the Norse word ‘Leggr’ which is why in Modern English the word leg is used instead of the word shank.
Shanks may refer to:
- A.R.Shanks (born 1996), Canadian Author
- Alison Shanks (born 1982), New Zealand professional racing cyclist
- Bill Shankly, British football manager nicknamed "Shanks"
- Bill Shanks, American sports broadcaster and writer
- Bruce Shanks (1908–1980), American editorial cartoonist
- Charles G. Shanks (1841–1895), American journalist and editor
- Daniel Shanks (1917–1996), American mathematician
- Don Shanks (footballer) (born 1952), British footballer
- Don Shanks (stuntman) (born 1950), American actor and stuntman
- Donald Shanks (bass-baritone) (1940–2011), Australian operatic bass-baritone
- Edward Shanks (1892–1953), English writer
- Emily Shanks (1857–1936), British painter, born in Russia*
- George Shanks (born 1895), first translator of the Protocols of Zion into the English language*
- Hershel Shanks (born 1930), founder of the Biblical Archaeology Society
- Howie Shanks (1890–1941), former professional baseball player
- James Steuart Shanks (1826-1911), proprietor of Shanks & Bolin, Magasin Anglais, at (now) 9/10 Kuznevski Most, Moscow*
- John Shanks (born 1964), American rock musician and song writer
- John Peter Cleaver Shanks (1826–1901), U.S. Representative from Indiana
- Juanita Craft (1902–1985), born Juanita Jewel Shanks, American civil rights pioneer
- Katrina Shanks (born 1969), New Zealand politician
- Michael Shanks (born 1970), Canadian actor best known for his role as Daniel Jackson on Stargate SG-1
- Michael Shanks (archaeologist) (born 1959), British archaeologist
- Michael Shanks (journalist) (1927–1984), British journalist
- Nancy Shanks, American singer associated with Tori Amos
- Nelson Shanks (1937–2015), American painter
- Niall Shanks (1959–2011), British-American professor of history and philosophy
- Norman Shanks, Church of Scotland minister
- Oliver Shanks (1915–1970), Canadian boxer
- Paul Shanks (born 1964) World Racquetball Champion (1988)
- Robert Shanks, English professional footballer
- Rosalind Shanks, British actress
- Simon Shanks (1977–2006), American football player
- Tommy Shanks (born 1880), Irish soccer player
- William Shanks (1812–1882), English amateur mathematician, famous for his calculation of over 500 of digits of π, by hand
- Edward I (1239–1307), English king known as "Longshanks"
- Nathan G. Evans (1824–1868), Confederate Army general nicknamed "Shanks"
- Camp Shanks, a United States Army installation in the town of Orangetown, New York
- Shanks, West Virginia in Hampshire County, West Virginia, United States
- Shanks Islands (Tasmania), Australia
- Armitage Shanks, a UK toilet manufacturer
- F & R Shanks, British coachbuilders*
- Shanks & Bigfoot, a British songwriting/production duo
- Shanks Group plc, a UK waste mangamement company
- Shanks Restaurant, a former Michelin starred restaurant in Northern Ireland
- Shanks (film), a 1974 movie directed by William Castle and starring Marcel Marceau
- Tringa, a genus of waders, containing the shanks and tattlers
- "Red-Haired" Shanks, a character in the One Piece manga and anime series; see List of One Piece characters
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