Last name origins & meanings:
- English (mainly Devon): nickname for a chirpy person, from
Middle English pinch, pink ‘(chaf)finch’. Compare
- English (mainly Devon): possibly a metonymic occupational name from Middle
English pinche ‘pleated fabric’, from Middle English
pinche(n) ‘to pinch (pastry)’, ‘to pleat (fabric)’, ‘to crimp
(hair, etc.)’, also ‘to cavil’, ‘to be niggardly’.
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