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Where did the English Rink family come from? What is the English Rink family crest and coat of arms? When did the Rink family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Rink family history?


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

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] 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.


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.


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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

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


  • Paulo Roberto Rink (b. 1973), retired Brazilian-born, German football centre forward


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  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

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  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
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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.

This page was last modified on 20 August 2014 at 20:56.

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