Zink Family History

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Zink Name Meaning

from Middle High German zinke ‘peak’, acquired either as a topographic name by someone who lived on or near a crag or on a pointed piece of land or as a nickname for a man with a singularly pointed nose. Compare modern German slang Zinken ‘hooter’. The same word was used to denote the cornet, although the semantic development is not clear, and the surname may sometimes have been metonymic for a player of this instrument. It was not until the 16th century that the metal zinc was discovered and named (apparently from its jagged appearance in the furnace), so this is unlikely to be the origin of the surname.from Jacinctus, which derives from Hyacinthus, a saint's name. Compare Spanish Jacinto, Italian Giacinto.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Fink, Pink, Zinn, Sink, Zins, Rink, Mink, Link, Zenk, Bink

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Zink Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Zink. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Zink Family Origin

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Zink Family Occupations

What did your Zink ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Zink occupation in Canada was Farmer. 63% of Zink's were Farmers. Farmer, Fisherman and Farmer Son were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Zink. A less common occupation for the Zink family was Going To School.

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  • Farmer

  • Fisherman

  • Farmer Son

  • Going To School


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Zink Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 38,000 census records available for the last name Zink. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Zink census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Zink. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Zink. For the veterans among your Zink ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Zink Life Expectancy

What is the average Zink lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Zink life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Zink in 1948 was 28, and 78 in 2004.

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