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Where did the Dutch Brinks family come from? What is the Dutch Brinks family crest and coat of arms? When did the Brinks family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Brinks family history?

The Brinks surname is of topographic origin, deriving from the Middle Low German word "brinc," which referred to a raised meadow among the low-lying marshlands. No doubt the first bearers of this name lived or worked on a such a piece of land.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Brinkerhoff, Brinckerhoff, Brinkahoff, Brinkirhoff, Brinker, Brinkman, Brinckman, Brinck, van den Brinck, Vane ten Brinck, Van den Brink, Brink, Brinks and many more.

First found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region. The name was first recorded in North Holland, a province of the Netherlands. The principal cities are Amsterdam, Haarlem and Hilversum. It was the seat of the old Counts of Holland. One early record is of a Johann Brinkeman, resident of Barth, Pomerania in the year 1334.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brinks research. Another 256 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1841 and 1892 are included under the topic Early Brinks History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 30 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brinks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brinks Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Gradus Brinks, who arrived in Minnesota in 1873

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The Brinks Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brinks Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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