The distinguished German surname Klinke 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 Klinke 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 Klinke family was instrumental during these early times, playing an important role in the development of the medieval society of Schleswig-Holstein.
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of this family name include: Klink, Klinke, Klinck, Klincke, Kling, Klinge and others.
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Johann Jacob Klinck and his family, who came from Württemberg to Pennsylvania in 1754; Georg Klinck, who was one of the Hessian Troops in the American War for Independence, recorded in American in 1783.