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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 Zenke family


The surname Zenke 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.

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Early History of the Zenke family

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Early History of the Zenke family


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Zenke Spelling Variations

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Zenke Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Zink, Zinke, Zincke, Zingg, Sink, Sinke, Synk and others.

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Early Notables of the Zenke family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Zenke family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Zenke family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Zenke 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..

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Contemporary Notables of the name Zenke (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Zenke (post 1700)


  • Martin Zenke (b. 1953), German biochemist und cell biologist
  • Simon Terwase Zenke (b. 1988), Nigerian footballer

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