When Dirk Alink was born on 12 October 1824, in Deventer, Overijssel, Netherlands, his father, Bernardus Alink, was 36 and his mother, Dina Wagenvoorde, was 38. He married Jantje van Boerum on 16 September 1860, in Dokkum, Friesland, Netherlands. They were the parents of at least 2 sons.
Dutch (also Van den Blink): topographic name from blink ‘blank hill or dune’, or a habitational name for someone from De Blink near Zandvoort (North Holland) and near Rauwerd (Friesland).
Swedish: nickname or soldier's name, apparently from blink ‘gleam, flash, sight’. This surname is very rare in Sweden.