Meaning and Origin of: Brink

Family name origins & meanings

  • North German, Dutch, Danish, and Swedish : topographic name for someone who lived by a pasture or green, from Middle Low German brinc ‘edge’, ‘slope’, ‘grazing land’, especially a raised meadow in low-lying marshland. In both Danish and Swedish brink is a borrowing of Dutch brinck ‘waterside slope’; in Danish it means ‘where the water runs deep’.