Show ContentsSinker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Sinker is occupational, and would have originally denoted one who "engraves figures or designs on dies."

Early Origins of the Sinker family

The surname Sinker was first found in Cambridgeshire, where William le Sinoker was listed in the Assize Rolls of 1260.

Early History of the Sinker family

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Sinker Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Sinker, Sinka, Sinkeman, Sinkman, Sink and others.

Early Notables of the Sinker family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was

  • the Sinker family of Somerset

United States Sinker migration to the United States +

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Sinker or a variant listed above:

Sinker Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Sinker, who settled in Virginia in 1667
Sinker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • August Sinker, who landed in New York in 1854
  • August Sinker, aged 18, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]

Canada Sinker migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sinker Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Benjamin Sinker, who was on record in 1780 as a Loyalist in the American Revolution
Sinker Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • George Sinker, who was recorded in the 1871 census in Ontario

Australia Sinker migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Sinker Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Sinker (post 1700) +

  • Arthur Sinker (1877-1940), British canon (clergyman) listed in British "Who Was Who 1929-1940"

  1. 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)
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from on Facebook