Last name origins & meanings:

  1. English: nickname, possibly for a small person, from Middle English pink, penk ‘minnow’ (Old English pinc).
  2. English (southeastern): variant of Pinch.
  3. Variant spelling of German Pinck, an indirect occupational name for a blacksmith, an onomatopoeic word imitating the sound of hammering which was perceived as pink(e)pank.
  4. German (of Slavic origin): from a diminutive of Sorbian pien ‘log’, ‘tree stump’, hence probably a nickname for a solid or stubby person.
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