Klinck History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished German surname Klinck comes from the northern province of Schleswig-Holstein, and has several possible origins. Firstly, the name may be derived from the German word "kling," meaning "moving stream, valley, or gorge"; in this case, the name would have been originally borne by someone who dwelt near a rushing stream or ravine. Alternatively, the surname may be derived from a place name; the original bearer of the name may have been someone who moved from the city of Klink in Mecklenburg to the Schleswig-Holstein region.

Early Origins of the Klinck family

The surname Klinck was first found in the northern cities of Schleswig-Holstein, where the name was first recorded. The earliest known bearer of the name was Johans der Klinge, who lived in Freiburg in 1286. The young Klinck family was instrumental during these early times, playing an important role in the development of the medieval society of Schleswig-Holstein.

Early History of the Klinck family

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Klinck Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Klink, Klinke, Klinck, Klincke, Kling, Klinge and others.

Early Notables of the Klinck family (pre 1700)

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United States Klinck migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Klinck Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johann Jacob Klinck, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754 [1]
  • Jacob Klinck, who arrived in New York in 1765 [1]
  • George Klinck, who landed in New York in 1782 [1]
Klinck Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Klinck, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1828 [1]
  • Ludw Klinck, aged 22, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Klinck (post 1700) +

  • Fanny Klinck (1844-1929), German author
  • Carl Frederick Klinck (1908-1990), Canadian literary historian and academic made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1973
  • Matthiew Klinck (b. 1978), Canadian film director and producer


  1. ^ 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)


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