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The name Brink comes from the Rhineland, an ancient region of Germany. In pre-medieval times, the Germans used only one name, but later they were forced by a growing population to adopt hereditary surnames; so as to remain distinct from the many others of the same first name. Local names were often chosen. They originally indicated land ownership, and frequently carried the prefix von, meaning "of" or "from," which is often taken as an indication of aristocratic lineage. Brink was a name for some one lived beside a meadow or grassy pasture. Brink 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.

Brink Early Origins



The surname Brink 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.

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Brink Spelling Variations


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Brink Spelling Variations



Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Brink include Brink, Brinker, Brinck, Brincke, Brinkmann, Brinkman, Brinckmann, Brinckman, Brinckemann and many more.

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Brink Early History


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Brink Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brink research. Another 192 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1814, 1835, and 1870 are included under the topic Early Brink History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brink Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brink Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brink Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Between the 17th and 20th centuries, hundreds of thousands of Europeans came to North America, and many Rhinelanders were among them. They had many various reasons for making the choice: to escape poverty and persecution, for adventure, and for the opportunity to own their own land. Ellis Island, one of the main American immigration centers, saw many settlers as they moved on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, they found homes in Ontario, and on the great plains of the Midwestern provinces. The Brink were among of the early German families that came to North America:

Brink Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Lambert Huybertse Brink, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1620-1664
  • Lambert Huybense Brink, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1620-1664
  • Lambert Huvbertse Brink, who arrived in New Netherlands between the years 1620-1664

Brink Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Brink, who came to Maryland in 1719
  • Peter Brink, who arrived in New York in 1754
  • Peter Brink, who landed in New York, NY in 1754

Brink Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jan Van Brink, who arrived at Philadelphia in 1802
  • Harman Henry Brink, who arrived in New York in 1838
  • Jos Martin Brink, who arrived in America in 1840
  • Roelof Brink, aged 25, landed in New York, NY in 1846
  • Carl Brink, who arrived at Galveston, Texas in 1847l
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brink Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Axel Brink, who landed in Chile in 1906

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brink (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brink (post 1700)



  • Brigadier-General Francis Gerard Brink (1893-1952), American Chief of Operations, South-East Asia Command (1944-1945)
  • Simon Brink, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Woodstock, Illinois, 1891-96
  • Robert H. Brink, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 2008; Member of Virginia State House of Delegates 48th District; Elected 2011
  • John L. Brink, American politician, Village President of River Forest, Illinois, 1935-42
  • Mrs. John Brink, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1960
  • George M. Brink, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Ulster County 1st District, 1891-92; Postmaster at Kingston, New York, 1898-1902
  • Edward H. Brink, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1916
  • Earl R. Brink, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Broome County 2nd District, 1929, 1931
  • Ben Brink, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 14th District, 1994, 1996
  • A. J. Brink, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 8th District, 1915-16
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    3. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    4. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    5. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    6. 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).
    7. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    8. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    9. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    10. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    11. ...

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