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Where did the German Clink family come from? What is the German Clink family crest and coat of arms? When did the Clink family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Clink family history?

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

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.


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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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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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  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. 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.

This page was last modified on 23 September 2010 at 15:39.

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