Brinck History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient German region of the Rhineland was the original home of the ancestors of the Brinck surname. Brinck was a local name, a type of hereditary surname that identified people by the places where they lived. Landowners were the first to use local names, and they often attached the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from," to the surname. Often, the use of "von" was a mark of aristocratic birth. Local names are by far the most common style of German hereditary surname. Brinck was a name for someone who lived beside a meadow or grassy pasture. Brinck is a topographic surname, which was a type of local name given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.

Early Origins of the Brinck family

The surname Brinck was first found in the Rhineland, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation. The name Brink derives originally from the German word that describes a grassy meadow or pasture.

Early History of the Brinck family

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Brinck Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Brinck include Brink, Brinker, Brinck, Brincke, Brinkmann, Brinkman, Brinckmann, Brinckman, Brinckemann and many more.

Early Notables of the Brinck family (pre 1700)

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United States Brinck migration to the United States +

Hundreds of thousands of Europeans, including many Rhinelanders, made the voyage to North America between the 17th and 20th centuries. It was an escape from religious persecution and poverty and also an opportunity for people to start over and own their own land. Most landed at Ellis Island, off New York before moving on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and California. Some also landed in Canada and settled in Ontario, while others headed west to the prairie provinces. A study of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of people bearing the name of Brinck, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early:

Brinck Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Lambert Brinck, aged 50, who arrived in New York in 1745 [1]
Brinck Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Herm Heinr Brinck, who landed in America in 1813-1820 [1]
  • Joh Heinr Brinck, who arrived in America in 1813-1820 [1]
  • Jos Brinck, who landed in America in 1836 [1]
  • Manuel Brinck, aged 30, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1854 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Brinck (post 1700) +

  • Paul C. Brinck, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Camden County, 1864-65 [2]
  • Adrian Brinck, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Iowa State Senate 50th District, 1970 [2]

Hindenburg LZ-129
  • Mr. Birger Brinck (1901-1937), Swedish Writer from Stockholm, Sweden, who was a passenger on board the Hindenburg LZ-129 and died in the Airship Fire [3]

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from
  3. ^ Hindenburg Disaster Passenger List | (Retrieved 2014, April 11) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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