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Where did the German Zink family come from? What is the German Zink family crest and coat of arms? When did the Zink family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Zink family history?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.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Zink, Zinke, Zincke, Zingg, Sink, Sinke, Synk and others.
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.
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.
More information is included under the topic Early Zink Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Zink Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Zink Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Zink Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
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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