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

The name almost surely comes from the Middle High German word "zinke," meaning "a tip," or "point," but the reason that name was given is somewhat uncertain. There are three main possibilities and the most likely of these is that the name was given to someone who lived on a pointed piece of land, either a point of land by a body of water or a small, pointed hill. Another possibility is that is was a nickname for someone with a very pointy nose. The word "zinke" was also used for a cornet; so the name might have been given to someone who played that musical instrument.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Zink, Zinke, Zincke, Zingg, Sink, Sinke, Synk and others.

First found in Bavaria, where the name was closely identified in early medieval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zink research. Another 148 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Zink History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Zink Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Zink Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Rudolf Zink, who arrived in New York in 1709 with his wife and four children
  • Rudolf Zink, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Gottlieb Zink, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752

Zink Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Martin Zink, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Nikolaus Zink, who arrived in Texas in 1844
  • Phillip Zink, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1845
  • Carl Zink, who landed in Texas in 1846
  • Heinrich Theodor Zink, who arrived in America in 1854


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  • Charles Tadao "Charlie" Zink (b. 1979), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Nicolaus Zink (1812-1887), German-born, American founder of Sisterdale, Texas
  • Charles DeWayne Zink (1925-2006), American television personality and film actor
  • Walter Noble Zink (1898-1964), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • John Jacob Zink (1886-1952), American architect of movie houses
  • Michel Zink, French scholar of medieval history
  • Lubor J. Zink (1920-2004), Czech-born, Canadian writer and columnist


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  • The Making of an American Family (including Zinc Family) by Ann Zink Beck.
  • Sink Descendants, Jacob Zinck Pioneer: Zinck, Zink, and Sink.
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  2. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
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  5. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
  10. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
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The Zink Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Zink 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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