Last name origins & meanings:
- English: nickname, possibly for a small person, from Middle
English pink, penk ‘minnow’ (Old English pinc).
- English (southeastern): variant of Pinch.
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.
- 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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