Tink History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

This Tink surname derives from the Old English word tinklere, of uncertain origin. The name is generally thought to be of occupational origin for someone who mended of pots and pans.

Early Origins of the Tink family

The surname Tink was first found in London, where a Laurence Tinekere is in a listing from 1244-46 in "The History of St. Bartholomew's Hospital." From early times, records of Tink can be found in both southern and northern England.

Early History of the Tink family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tink research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1243, 1244, 1268, 1273, 1279, 1379, 1617, 1620, and 1621 are included under the topic Early Tink History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tink Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Tinker, Tinkler, Tink, Tinke, Tyneker, Tynekar and many more.

Early Notables of the Tink family (pre 1700)

Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tink Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Tink migration to Australia +

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

Tink Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Richard Tink, aged 25, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Prince Regent" [1]
  • Richard Tink, aged 25, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1851 [1]
  • William Tink, aged 39, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "William Prowse" [2]
  • Mr. William Tink, (b.1834), aged 23, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth on 22nd October 1856 aboard the ship "Appleton" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 25th January 1857 [3]
  • Mrs. Henrietta Tink, (b.1833), aged 24, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth on 22nd October 1856 aboard the ship "Appleton" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 25th January 1857 [3]

New Zealand Tink migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Tink Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Richard T. Tink, (b. 1859), aged 19, Cornish farm labourer departing on 7th September 1878 aboard the ship "Opawa" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 7th December 1878 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Tink (post 1700) +

  • Rowan John Tink AM (b. 1955), Australian Special Air Service officer, recipient of the United States Bronze Star for his actions in Afghanistan
  • Andrew Arnold Tink BA LLB MP (b. 1953), Australian politician, Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1988 to 2007


  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851PrinceRegent.htm
  2. ^ South Australian Register Monday 21st August 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) William Prowse 1856. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/williamprowse1854.shtml
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf


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