Show ContentsLynk History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Austria is the homeland of the Lynk 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 Lynk family

The surname Lynk 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 Lynk family

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Lynk Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Lynk include Linker, Lincker, Link, Linke, Linke, Lynker, Lyncker, Lynke, Linkhand, Lyncke and many more.

Early Notables of the Lynk family (pre 1700)

During this period prominent bearers of the name Lynk 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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United States Lynk 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 Lynk were

Lynk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Stanislaw Lynk, aged 16, who immigrated to the United States, in 1893
Lynk Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Matenez M. Lynk, aged 29, who settled in America from Tidonka, in 1903
  • Jay T Lynk, aged 37, who immigrated to the United States, in 1916
  • Franciska Lynk, aged 17, who settled in America from Knuppelykke, Denmark, in 1916
  • Jay Lynk, aged 42, who landed in America, in 1922

Canada Lynk migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lynk Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Lynk U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [1]
  • Mr. Mathias Lynk U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lynk (post 1700) +

  • Dr. Miles Vandahurst Lynk (1871-1956), American physician and author, husband of Beebe Lynk
  • Beebe Steven Lynk (1917-1948), née Steven, one of the first African-American women chemists and chemistry teachers
  • Roy Lynk OBE, British leader of the Union of Democratic Mineworkers
  • Dr. Andrew Lynk, Canadian Chief of Paediatrics for the Cape Breton District Health Authority, Nova Scotia
  • Craig Lynk, Canadian Senior Director at CIBC

  1. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X on Facebook