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The Clink surname is generally considered to be a habitational name, taken on from any of several place names, located in Schleswig-Holstein, Saxony, and Franconia.

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The surname Clink was first found in Switzerland, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Clinkunbroomer, Clingenberg, Klingelbach, Klingenberg, Klinkhamer, Klinkenbaum, Clingenbaum and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clink research. Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1646 and 1669 are included under the topic Early Clink History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Clink Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Clink Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Mich'l Clink, who arrived in New York in 1759
  • Michael Clink, who settled in New York in 1761

Clink Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Christian, Jr. Clink, who came to Philadelphia in 1817

Clink Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Clink, who settled in Ontario in 1871

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  6. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
  7. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
  10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
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The Clink Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Clink 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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