The name almost surely comes from the Middle High German word "zinke," meaning "a tip," or "point," but the reason that name was given is somewhat uncertain. There are three main possibilities and the most likely of these is that the name was given to someone who lived on a pointed piece of land, either a point of land by a body of water or a small, pointed hill. Another possibility is that is was a nickname
for someone with a very pointy nose. The word "zinke" was also used for a cornet; so the name might have been given to someone who played that musical instrument.
Early Origins of the Synk family
The surname Synk was first found in Bavaria
, where the name was closely identified in early medieval times with the feudal
society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.
Early History of the Synk family
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Synk Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Zink, Zinke, Zincke, Zingg, Sink, Sinke, Synk and others.
Early Notables of the Synk family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Synk family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Rudolf Zink, who arrived in New York in 1709 with his wife and four children; Julius Zinke, who came to Allegany County, Pennsylvania in 1854; and Anthony Zincke, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1752. There was also a Mr. Zink listed among German mercenaries in Quebec in 1776..
Contemporary Notables of the name Synk (post 1700)
- Lucy Synk, American artist; her fantasy artwork was featured at the Capricon, the science fiction convention in 2010 and other science fiction, fantasy, and gaming conventions