Brinkmann History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

The surname Brinkmann 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.

Important Dates for the Brinkmann family

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

Early Notables of the Brinkmann family (pre 1700)

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

Brinkmann Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Carl Heinr Brinkmann, aged 22, who landed in America in 1817 [1]
  • Hinr Brinkmann, aged 26, who landed in Brazil in 1838 [1]
  • Cath Sophie Kruger Brinkmann, who landed in America in 1839 [1]
  • M Christ Brinkmann, who arrived in America in 1843 [1]
  • Gerh Brinkmann, who landed in America in 1844 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brinkmann migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brinkmann Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • H Brinkmann, aged 34, who arrived in Quebec in 1854

Brinkmann 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:

Brinkmann Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Fritz Brinkmann, (b. 1828), aged 35, British farm labourer travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship " Lancashire Witch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th October 1863 [2]
  • Mrs. Maria Brinkmann, (b. 1832), aged 31, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship " Lancashire Witch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th October 1863 [2]
  • Heine Brinkmann, aged 30, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Terpsichore" in 1876

Contemporary Notables of the name Brinkmann (post 1700)

  • William J. Brinkmann (1874-1911), American architect, best known for his work designing Chicago area churches
  • Christiane Brinkmann (b. 1962), West German athlete, member of the West German national team at the 1982 European Championships
  • Carl Brinkmann (1885-1954), German sociologist and economist awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at The Queen's College, Oxford
  • Dirk Brinkmann (b. 1964), German former Olympic field hockey player
  • Bernhard Brinkmann (b. 1952), German politician
  • Richard Brinkmann (b. 1975), English actor, best known for playing Marty Meddler, Dr Quack and Maximus Volume in CITV's Captain Mack

Historic Events for the Brinkmann family

Bismarck
  • Willi Brinkmann (1914-1941), German Matrose who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]
  • Norbert Brinkmann (1914-1941), German Oberbootsmannsmaat who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]

Citations

  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. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
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