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

Austria is the homeland of the Linkous family. Originally, the Austrian people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in Austria is extremely interesting. The process took place during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames.

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In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Linkous include Linker, Lincker, Link, Linke, Linke, Lynker, Lyncker, Lynke, Linkhand, Lyncke and many more.

First found in Austria, where the name became noted for its many branches within the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied and enrolled by the princes of the region. Chronicles mention one Francze Lynke (Lynkehand) of Liegnitz in 1397, and one Herman Lynkfuss of Sorau in 1381. The literal meaning of the name was "left-handed," or even "one who is clumsy or awkward," but was taken on by numerous branches of the family. They became a power unto themselves, and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew wealthier and more influential.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Linkous research. Another 329 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1658, 1816, 1286, 1674, 1734, 1734, 1807, 1658, 1820 and 1905 are included under the topic Early Linkous History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 209 words(15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Linkous Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Austria was made a republic after the First World War. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was broken up by the Treaty of Versailles and many of its people found themselves in the new nation of Czechoslovakia. Many other Austrians and expatriate Austrians made their way to North America in the 20th century. Most landed in Philadelphia, later continuing on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Some Austrian settlers also went to western Canada and Ontario. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Linkous or a variant listed above: Jacob Link, who came to Philadelphia in 1749. Christian Link came in 1753; Frederick Link in 1772; and Michael Link in 1751. Numerous bearers of this name came to New York in 1875.

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  • Mark Linkous (1962-2010), American singer, songwriter and musician, best known as leader of Sparklehorse, an American indie rock band
  • Frederick Cecil Linkous (1905-1930), American lacrosse player inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1967


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The Linkous Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Linkous 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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