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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.


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.

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


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Klink research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1286, 1324, 1461, 1474, 1787, and 1860 are included under the topic Early Klink History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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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
  • W E Klink, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Christian Klink, who arrived in Indiana in 1852
  • Anna Gertrud Klink, who landed in America in 1858
  • Johann Klink, aged 13, landed in America in 1869
  • ...

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

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    Other References

    1. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    4. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    10. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    11. ...

    The Klink Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Klink Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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