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The Brinks surname is of topographic origin, deriving from the Middle Low German word "brinc," which referred to a raised meadow among the low-lying marshlands. No doubt the first bearers of this name lived or worked on a such a piece of land.

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The surname Brinks was first found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region. The name was first recorded in North Holland, a province of the Netherlands. The principal cities are Amsterdam, Haarlem and Hilversum. It was the seat of the old Counts of Holland. One early record is of a Johann Brinkeman, resident of Barth, Pomerania in the year 1334.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Brinkerhoff, Brinckerhoff, Brinkahoff, Brinkirhoff, Brinker, Brinkman, Brinckman, Brinck, van den Brinck, Vane ten Brinck, Van den Brink, Brink, Brinks and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brinks research. Another 256 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1841 and 1892 are included under the topic Early Brinks History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brinks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brinks Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Gradus Brinks, who arrived in Minnesota in 1873

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  • Winnie Brinks, American politician, Member of the Michigan House of Representatives (2013-)
  • Winnie Brinks, American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives 76th District; Elected 2012


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  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
  10. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
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The Brinks Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brinks 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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