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The surname Rink was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Ringstead, held by Norman noble Roger de Evreux as an under tenant also at Great Bircham and Old Buckenham in that same county who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. Roger held from William de Scohies who was tenant in chief. Roger was the son of Comte de Evreux, who was the son of Richard 1, Duke of Normandy.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ringstead, Ringsted, Ring, Wring and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rink research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1210, 1284, and 1299 are included under the topic Early Rink 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:

Rink Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Fredrich Rink, aged 32, landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Sebastian Rink, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765

Rink Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johannes Rink, who arrived in America in 1847
  • George Rink, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • J Rink, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • W Rink, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Moritz Rink, who landed in America in 1853
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Rink Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Heinrich Rink, who arrived in Chile in 1910
  • Hans Carl Rink, who landed in Alabama in 1921
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  • Jessie Rink, American politician, Delegate to Illinois convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933
  • Donald E. Rink, American politician, Candidate for Circuit Judge in Michigan 44th Circuit, 1974
  • Paulo Roberto Rink (b. 1973), retired Brazilian-born, German football centre forward
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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  8. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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The Rink Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rink 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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