Zinke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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 Zinke family

The surname Zinke 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 Zinke family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zinke research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Zinke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Zinke Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Zinke family (pre 1700)

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United States Zinke migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Zinke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Heinr Zinke, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849 [1]
  • Joh Zinke, who landed in North America in 1832-1849 [1]
  • Julius Zinke, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854 [1]
  • Julius Zinke, who settled in Allegany County, Pennsylvania in 1854

Contemporary Notables of the name Zinke (post 1700) +

  • Ryan Keith Zinke (b. 1961), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Montana (2015-), United States Secretary of the Interior Nominee
  • Clara Louise Zinke (1909-1978), American tennis player active in the early 20th century; in 1926, she won more total titles (12) than any other woman in tournament history
  • Olaf Zinke (b. 1966), East German former speed skater, gold medalist at the 1992 Winter Olympics
  • Annelore Zinke (b. 1958), German gold, two-time silver and bronze medalist gymnast
  • Heiko Zinke, East German gold, silver and bronze medalist sprint canoer at the 1985 World Championships in Mechelen, Belgium
  • Dr. Martin Zinke, Canadian physicist
  • Raymond Zinke Gallun (1911-1994), American pulp science fiction writer, awarded the I-CON Lifetime Achievement Award in 1985 which was later renamed The Raymond Z. Gallun Award


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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