When Alexander H. Brink was born on 4 February 1832, in Union, Broome, New York, United States, his father, William W Brink, was 24 and his mother, Sarah Ann Elizabeth Smith, was 23. He married Harriet D Potts on 4 July 1859, in Noble, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 5 daughters. He lived in Center Creek Township, Martin, Minnesota, United States in 1870 and Leslie Township, Todd, Minnesota, United States in 1900. He died on 10 November 1901, at the age of 69, and was buried in Stallcop Cemetery, Todd, Minnesota, United States.
North German; Danish and Swedish (of German origin): topographic name for someone who lived by a pasture or green, from Middle Low German brinc ‘hill, edge, slope, grazing land’, especially a raised meadow in low-lying marshland. Swedish name is ornamental.
Dutch: topographic name for someone who lived by the brink, which is in the central and east Netherlands the name of the common area in the centre of the village, the village square. Compare Vandenbrink .