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

Brinkmeier Early Origins



The surname Brinkmeier 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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Brinkmeier Spelling Variations


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

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Brinkmeier Early History


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Brinkmeier Early History



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

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Brinkmeier Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brinkmeier Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brinkmeier 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 Brinkmeier, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early:

Brinkmeier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A Christ Elis Brinkmeier, who landed in America in 1845
  • Herm Heinr Brinkmeier, who arrived in America in 1847
  • Wilhelm Brinkmeier, aged 18, who landed in America, in 1893

Brinkmeier Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Friedrich Brinkmeier, aged 21, who landed in America from Lemgo, Germany, in 1921
  • Paula Brinkmeier, aged 21, who emigrated to America from Lemgo, Germany, in 1921

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brinkmeier (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brinkmeier (post 1700)



  • Robert E. Brinkmeier, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1972

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    4. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    5. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    6. 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).
    7. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    10. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
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    The Brinkmeier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brinkmeier 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.

    This page was last modified on 11 December 2015 at 14:24.

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