Finklea History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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From the historical and enchanting region of Austria emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Finklea 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 Finklea 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.
Early Origins of the Finklea family
The surname Finklea 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.
Early History of the Finklea family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Finklea research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1445, 1527, 1718, 1766, 1783, 1792, 1820, and 1846 are included under the topic Early Finklea History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Finklea Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Finklea include Finck, Fincke, Finckl (Bavaria), Finncke, Fink, Finke, Finkl, Finke and many more.
Early Notables of the Finklea family (pre 1700)
During this period prominent bearers of the name Finklea were Heinrich Finck (1445-1527), who was composer and court musician for both Polish and German princes. Friedrich August von...
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Migration of the Finklea family
Austria was made a republic after the First World War. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was broken up by the Treaty of Versailles and many of its people found themselves in the new nation of Czechoslovakia. Many other Austrians and expatriate Austrians made their way to North America in the 20th century. Most landed in Philadelphia, later continuing on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Some Austrian settlers also went to western Canada and Ontario. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Finklea or a variant listed above: Frantz Finck, who came to New York State in 1710-11; Johann Nicholas Finck arrived in Philadelphia in 1737; as did Conrad Finck in 1741; and Daniel Finck in 1749. Adam Fink came to the same city in 1764.
Contemporary Notables of the name Finklea (post 1700) +
- Tula Finklea (1921-2008), birth name of Cyd Charisse, American actress and dancer, recipient of the National Medal of the Arts and Humanities in 2006
- John Finklea (b. 1933), American public health administrator and one-time director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
- Carrie Finklea (b. 1985), American film and television actress
- Mrs. Morris Finklea, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1944 
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