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Klink Coat of Arms / Klink Family Crest

Klink Coat of Arms / Klink Family Crest

This surname of KLINK is of German origin, a locational name meaning the dweller near a rushing stream or ravine, or one who resided near a low hill. Almost every city, town or village extant in the Middle Ages has served to name one or more families. While a man lived in a town or village he would not be known by its name, as that would be no means of identification - all in the village would be so named. But when a man left his birthplace or village where he had been known and went elsewhere, people would likely refer to him by the name of his former residence or by the name of the land which he owned. Some had the name of a manor or village because they were lords of that place and owned it, but the majority descend from vassals of freeman who once had lived there. Originally the coat of arms identified the wearer, either in battle or in tournaments. Completely covered in body and facial armour the knight could be spotted and known by the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped garment which enveloped him. Surnames are divided into four categories, from occupations, nicknames, baptismal and locational. All the main types of these are found in German-speaking areas, and names derived from occupations and from nicknames are particularly common. A number of these are Jewish. Patronymic surnames are derived from vernacular Germanic given names, often honouring Christian saints. Regional and ethnic names are also common. The German preposition 'von (from) or 'of', used with habitation names, is taken as a mark of aristocracy, and usually denoted proprietorship of the village or estate from where they came. Some members of the nobility affected the form VON UND ZU with their titles. In eastern Germany there was a heavy influence both from and on neighbouring Slavonic languages. Many Prussian surnames are of Slavonic origin. The name was also an occupational name a maker of knives, and Asmus Klinkow a tradesman was recorded in Prenzlau in 1474. There is a reference to a Theodorick Clinkro, a canon of the church of Luebeek and Hamburg. Heneke Klynkeman, a farmer from Spoernitz in Mecklenburg was recorded in the 14th century.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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