Brinkman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient German region of the Rhineland was the original home of the name Brinkman. Brinkman 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, often attaching the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from", in some cases as a mark of aristocratic birth. Local names are by far the most common style of German hereditary surname. Brinkman was a name for someone who lived beside a meadow or grassy pasture. Brinkman 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 Brinkman family

The surname Brinkman 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 Brinkman family

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

Early Notables of the Brinkman family (pre 1700)

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United States Brinkman 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 Brinkman, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early:

Brinkman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Frederick Brinkman, who settled in Philadelphia in 1750
  • Frederick Brinkman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750 [1]
Brinkman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John A Brinkman, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1834 [1]
  • Ernst W Brinkman, who landed in America in 1839 [1]
  • Heinrich Brinkman, aged 26, who landed in Missouri in 1840 [1]
  • Henry Brinkman, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]
  • Janna Brinkman, aged 57, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Brinkman migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Brinkman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Frederick Brinkman, aged 21, a smith, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Brinkman (post 1700) +

  • Thomas E Brinkman Jr. (b. 1957), American politician
  • Edwin Albert Brinkman (b. 1941), American Major League Baseball player
  • William A. Brinkman, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1920 [2]
  • Nell G. Brinkman, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 1964 [2]
  • Michael F. Brinkman, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 70th District, 1998 [2]
  • Martin A. Brinkman, American politician, Wood carver; Delegate to Socialist National Convention from Kentucky, 1920; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Kentucky 6th District, 1922 [2]
  • Jennifer Brinkman, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 2000 [2]
  • G. D. Brinkman, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Georgia 9th District, 1922 [2]
  • Charlotte Jean Brinkman, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 24th District, 1964 [2]
  • Barbara J. Brinkman, American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1961 [2]
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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 http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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