Origins Available: English
The ancestors of the bearers of the Clink family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found close to a low hill.
The surname Clink originally derived from the Old English word Clenc
which meant lump.
Early Origins of the Clink family
The surname Clink was first found in Wiltshire
, at a hamlet named Clench and/or Clench Common in the Vale of Pewsey to the east of Wootton Rivers, near Marlborough.
Early History of the Clink family
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Clink Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Clink include Clinch, Clench, Clinche, Clenche, Clynch and others.
Early Notables of the Clink family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Clink family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Clink or a variant listed above:
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 settled in Philadelphia in 1817
Clink Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Thomas Clink, who settled in Ontario in 1871