Linke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Austria is the homeland of the Linke family. Originally, the Austrian people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in Austria is extremely interesting. The process took place during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames.
Early Origins of the Linke family
The surname Linke was first found in Austria, where the name became noted for its many branches within the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied and enrolled by the princes of the region. Chronicles mention one Francze Lynke (Lynkehand) of Liegnitz in 1397, and one Herman Lynkfuss of Sorau in 1381. The literal meaning of the name was "left-handed," or even "one who is clumsy or awkward," but was taken on by numerous branches of the family. They became a power unto themselves, and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew wealthier and more influential.
Early History of the Linke family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Linke research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1658, 1816, 1286, 1674, 1734, 1734, 1807, 1658, 1820 and 1905 are included under the topic Early Linke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Linke Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Linke include Linker, Lincker, Link, Linke, Linke, Lynker, Lyncker, Lynke, Linkhand, Lyncke and many more.
Early Notables of the Linke family (pre 1700)
During this period prominent bearers of the name Linke were Johann Heinrich Linck the elder (1674-1734), a German pharmacist and naturalist; and his son, Johann Heinrich Linck the younger (1734-1807); and Conrad Linker, the Lord of Daeberhausen, who was made a Baron in 1658. This highly educated man filled the position of emissary to many European courts, and...
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Linke migration to the United States +
After the First World War, Austria became a republic. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Linke were
Linke Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Jacob Linke, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749 
Linke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- N Linke, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1845 
- G Linke, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1845 
- H Linke, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 
- F Linke, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 
- Bertha Linke, who arrived in New York, NY in 1851 
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Linke migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Linke Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- J. Christian Linke, aged 30, a farmer, who arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Gellert" 
Contemporary Notables of the name Linke (post 1700) +
- Paul Linke (b. 1948), American actor, known for his role as Officer Arthur "Artie" Grossman in CHiPs (1977-1983)
- Susanne Linke (b. 1944), German dancer and freelance choreographer
- Christopher Linke (b. 1988), German race walker at the 2012 Summer Olympics
- Carsten Linke (b. 1965), retired German professional footballer who played from 1988 to 2003
- Thomas Linke (b. 1969), retired German professional footballer who played from 1988 to 2008
- Edward Karl "Ed" Linke (1911-1988), Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1933 to 1938
Historic Events for the Linke family +
- Gerhard Linke (1916-1941), German Obermaschinenmaat who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking 
- Artur Linke (1919-1941), German Maschinengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking 
Related Stories +
- ^ 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)
- ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) GELLERT 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Gellert.htm
- ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details