Lenk History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Lenk family
The surname Lenk was first found in Worcestershire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.
Important Dates for the Lenk family
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Lenk Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Lenk family name include Lench, Lench, Lenk, Lenke, Lenky, Lenchy and others.
Early Notables of the Lenk family (pre 1700)
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Lenk migration to the United States
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Lenk surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Lenk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Georg Friedr Lenk, who arrived in Peru in 1845 
- Gg Friedr Wilh Lenk, who landed in Peru in 1845 
- Peter Lenk, aged 19, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 
- Karl Lenk, who arrived in New York, NY in 1853 
- Carl Lenk, who landed in Ohio in 1853 
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Lenk Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Alexander Lenk, who settled in New York, NY in 1902
Contemporary Notables of the name Lenk (post 1700)
- Thomas Loren Lenk (b. 1976), American stage and television actor
- Arthur Lenk (b. 1964), Israeli fourth Ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan
- Sieglinda Lenk Zigler (b. 1919), Brazilian Olympic back stroke swimmer at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin
- ^ 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)