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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.

Zink Early Origins



The surname Zink 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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Zink Spelling Variations


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Zink Spelling Variations



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

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Zink Early History


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Zink Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zink research. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Zink History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Zink Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Zink Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Zink Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Zink Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Rudolf Zink, who arrived in New York in 1709 with his wife and four children
  • Rudolf Zink, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Gottlieb Zink, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752

Zink Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Martin Zink, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Nikolaus Zink, who arrived in Texas in 1844
  • Phillip Zink, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1845
  • Carl Zink, who landed in Texas in 1846
  • Heinrich Theodor Zink, who arrived in America in 1854
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Zink Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Zink is listed among German mercenaries in Quebec in 1776

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Contemporary Notables of the name Zink (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Zink (post 1700)



  • John Jacob Zink (1886-1952), American architect of movie houses
  • Walter Noble Zink (1898-1964), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Charles DeWayne Zink (1925-2006), American television personality and film actor
  • Nicolaus Zink (1812-1887), German-born, American founder of Sisterdale, Texas
  • Mildred A. Zink, American politician, Mayor of Clarksburg, West Virginia, 1987
  • John George Zink, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1920
  • Homer C. Zink, American politician, Member of New Jersey State Senate from Essex County, 1939-41
  • George L. Zink, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Gold Democrat National Convention from Illinois, 1896
  • Earl T. Zink (1923-1984), American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Wayne County 6th District, 1961
  • Charles E. Zink, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut Republican State Central Committee, 1940
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Zink


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Suggested Readings for the name Zink



  • The Making of an American Family (including Zinc Family) by Ann Zink Beck.
  • Sink Descendants, Jacob Zinck Pioneer: Zinck, Zink, and Sink.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    2. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    4. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    5. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    6. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    7. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    8. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The Zink Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Zink 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.

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