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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.

Brinkmann Early Origins



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.

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Brinkmann Spelling Variations


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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.

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Brinkmann Early History


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Brinkmann Early History



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

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Brinkmann Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brinkmann Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brinkmann 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 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, landed in America in 1817
  • Hinr Brinkmann, aged 26, landed in Brazil in 1838
  • Cath Sophie Kruger Brinkmann, who landed in America in 1839
  • M Christ Brinkmann, who arrived in America in 1843
  • Gerh Brinkmann, who landed in America in 1844
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brinkmann Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • H Brinkmann, aged 34, arrived in Quebec in 1854

Brinkmann Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Heine Brinkmann, aged 30, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Terpsichore" in 1876

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brinkmann (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brinkmann (post 1700)



  • William J. Brinkmann (1874-1911), American architect, best known for his work designing Chicago area churches
  • 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
  • Christiane Brinkmann (b. 1962), German athlete
  • Bernhard Brinkmann (b. 1952), German politician
  • Richard Brinkmann (b. 1975), British actor

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    4. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    7. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    8. 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).
    9. 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).
    10. 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).
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    The Brinkmann Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brinkmann 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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