Last name origin & meaning:
German, Slovenian, English, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a
lively and cheerful person, or, in the case of the Jewish name, an
ornamental name, from a Germanic word meaning ‘finch’ (see
Finch). As a Slovenian surname, it may also be a translation
into German of the Slovenian surname Šinkovec (from an old
spelling of ščinkovec or ščinkavec ‘finch’).
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