Show ContentsKlink History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished German surname Klink 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 Klink family

The surname Klink 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 Klink 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 Klink family

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Klink Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Klink family

Notables of the time included

  • Theoderich Clinckrode (c.1461), a canon of the church from Lübeck and Hamburg, Claus Klinke, a town councillor from Quedlenburg who was granted the family coat of arms, and Christian Frederik Klink (1...

Klink Ranking

In the United States, the name Klink is the 7,322nd most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

United States Klink migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Klink Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • G W Klink, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • W E Klink, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • Christian Klink, who arrived in Indiana in 1852 [2]
  • Anna Gertrud Klink, who landed in America in 1858 [2]
  • Johann Klink, aged 13, who landed in America in 1869 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Klink (post 1700) +

  • Ron Klink (b. 1950), American democratic politician and former United States representative from Pennsylvania
  • Al Klink (1915-1991), American jazz artist
  • William M. Klink, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hudson County, 1897 [3]
  • Ronald Klink (b. 1951), American Democratic Party politician, U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 4th District, 1993-2001; Candidate for U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, 2000 [3]
  • Leslie C. Klink, American Republican politician, Candidate for Iowa State Senate 26th District, 1970; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1972 [3]
  • John K. Klink, American politician, Burgess of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, 1927 [3]
  • Amyr Klink, Brazilian navigator
  • Ab Klink (b. 1958), Dutch politician

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  2. 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)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from on Facebook