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From the historical and enchanting region of Austria emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Fink family. Originally, the Austrian people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in Austria is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an "eke-name," or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Fink is a nickname type of surname for a cheerful person who sings songs. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the German word fink, which means finch, which is a type of small bird.

Fink Early Origins



The surname Fink was first found in Austria, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

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Fink Spelling Variations


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Fink Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Fink include Finck, Fincke, Finckl (Bavaria), Finncke, Fink, Finke, Finkl, Finke and many more.

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Fink Early History


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Fink Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fink research. Another 252 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1445, 1527, 1718, 1766, 1783, 1792, 1820, and 1846 are included under the topic Early Fink History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fink Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fink Early Notables (pre 1700)



During this period prominent bearers of the name Fink were Heinrich Finck (1445-1527), who was composer and court musician for both Polish and German princes. Friedrich August von...

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fink 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



After the First World War, Austria became a republi c. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North Ameri ca. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Fink were

Fink Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Willem Fink, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Kasper Fink, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Maria Fink, who arrived in New York, NY in 1709
  • Elisabetha Fink, who arrived in America in 1733
  • Johan Nickell Fink, aged 29, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fink Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Gottfried Fink, aged 23, landed in America in 1803
  • Joh Fink, who arrived in North America in 1832
  • Martin Fink, who landed in North America in 1832
  • John P Fink, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1834
  • John Fink, who landed in Maryland in 1836
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fink Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Anna Fink, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Catherina Fink, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Christian Fink, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Friederick Fink, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Margereta Fink, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fink (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fink (post 1700)



  • Elizabeth Fink (1945-2015), American civil rights and criminal defense attorney, known for her lawsuits concerning the Attica Prison riots
  • Stanley Fink (1936-1997), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly 39th District, 1969-86; Speaker of the New York State Assembly, 1979-86
  • Thomas A. Fink (b. 1928), American Republican politician, Member of Alaska State House of Representatives 8th District, 1967-74; Speaker of the Alaska State House of Representatives, 1973-74; Mayor of Anchorage, Alaska, 1988-94
  • Thomas A. Fink (b. 1934), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1968, 1976, 1980; Secretary of New York Democratic Party, 1972-89; Presidential Elector for New York, 1996
  • W. G. Fink, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1944
  • William Fink, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Schoharie County, 1842
  • David Fink, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 9th District, 2002
  • Charlotte Fink, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 2008
  • Charles A. Fink, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 20th District, 1932
  • Charles Fink, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey, 1853
  • ... (Another 26 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Fink Historic Events


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Fink Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Kevin Foster Fink (b. 1962), American Private from Dayton, Pennsylvania, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

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Suggested Readings for the name Fink


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Suggested Readings for the name Fink



  • Our Family Chronicle: Celebrating the 90th Birthday of Wilma Irene Van Horn Mattson Fink by Charyl Mattson.

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Fink Family Crest Products


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Citations


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    Other References

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    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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    9. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    10. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    11. ...

    The Fink Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fink 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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