The ancestors of the bearers of the Ink family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in an area that was referred to as the ing
, which means the meadow
. The name could also have been a batismal name as in son of Inge.
Early Origins of the Ink family
The surname Ink was first found in Leicestershire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Ink family
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Ink 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 Ink include Inge, Ing and others.
Early Notables of the Ink family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ink 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 Ink or a variant listed above: Richard Inge settled in Jamaica in 1690; Richard Inge settled in Nevis in 1654.