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

The ancestors of the bearers of the Clink family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found close to a low hill. The surname Clink originally derived from the Old English word Clenc which meant lump.

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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Clink include Clinch, Clench, Clinche, Clenche, Clynch and others.

First found in Wiltshire, at a hamlet named Clench and/or Clench Common in the Vale of Pewsey to the east of Wootton Rivers, near Marlborough.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clink research. Another 157 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1223, 1273, 1327, 1332, 1593, 1692 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Clink History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 79 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Clink Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Clink or a variant listed above:

Clink Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Mich'l Clink, who arrived in New York in 1759
  • Michael Clink, who settled in New York in 1761

Clink Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Christian, Jr. Clink, who came to Philadelphia in 1817

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  6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Clink Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Clink 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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