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The ancient German region of the Rhineland was the original home of the ancestors of the Brinker surname. Brinker 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. Brinker was a name for someone who lived beside a meadow or grassy pasture. Brinker 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.

Brinker Early Origins



The surname Brinker 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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Brinker Spelling Variations


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Brinker 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 Brinker include Brink, Brinker, Brinck, Brincke, Brinkmann, Brinkman, Brinckmann, Brinckman, Brinckemann and many more.

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Brinker Early History


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Brinker Early History



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

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Brinker Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brinker Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brinker 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



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 Brinker, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early:

Brinker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Andreas Brinker, who came to Pennsylvania in 1735
  • Andreas Brinker, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1735
  • Conrad Brinker, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1735
  • Hans Brinker, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1735
  • Hyndrick Brinker, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1735
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brinker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johann F Brinker, who landed in Missouri in 1841
  • Joh Brinker, who arrived in America in 1843
  • Joh B Brinker, aged 31, landed in New Orleans, La in 1843
  • Belt H Brinker, aged 33, landed in Missouri in 1843
  • Joh Henn Brinker, who arrived in America in 1846
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brinker (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brinker (post 1700)



  • Chris Brinker (1970-2013), American film producer and director
  • Robert John "Bob" Brinker (b. 1941), American financial advisor and radio host
  • Howard Brinker (d. 2004), American NFL assistant coach
  • William Hutchinson "Bill" Brinker (1883-1965), American Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Norman E. Brinker (1931-2009), American restaurateur
  • Tobin Brinker, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2008
  • Robert Brinker, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1956
  • Josiah Henry Brinker (1851-1920), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1892; U.S. Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, 1913
  • Ira Brinker, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 10th District, 1940
  • William D. Brinker, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 24th District, 1974
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Brinker


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Suggested Readings for the name Brinker



  • The Homecoming: A Celbration of the Wofford, Lottie and Brinker Families by Dorothy Wofford Witherspoon.

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Brinker Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    2. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    3. 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).
    4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    5. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    6. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    10. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
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    The Brinker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brinker 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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