Origins Available: English
Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Flink originally appeared in Gaelic as O Floinn, which is derived from the word "flann," which means "ruddy."
Early Origins of the Flink family
The surname Flink was first found in Tuitre (now Antrim,) where they were Lords of Tuitre. CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
However, the Flink surname arose independently in several parts of Ireland
. Perhaps the oldest line were a Sept of O Floin in Armagh, Ulster
, where they were a senior branch of Clanna Rury of Ulidia
, claiming descent from King Colla Uais, the famed 4th century Irish King, who in turn was descended from the Heremon
Early History of the Flink family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Flink research.Another 150 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 125 and 1255 are included under the topic Early Flink History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Flink Spelling Variations
Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland
was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations
revealed in the search for the origins of the Flink family name include Flynn, O'Flynn, Flinn, Lynn, O'Lynn, O'Linn and many more.
Early Notables of the Flink family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Flink Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
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Migration of the Flink family to the New World and Oceana
became inhospitable for many native Irish families
in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Flink to North America:
Flink Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Joseph Flink, aged 19, who arrived in New York in 1854 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)