Clinch Family History
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Clinch Name Meaning
habitational name from a place in Wiltshire named Clench, from Old English clenc ‘lump’, ‘hill’, which seems also to have been used of a patch of dry raised ground in fenland surroundings. In some cases the surname may be of topographic origin. metonymic occupational name for a maker or fixer of bolts and rivets, from Middle English clinch, clench ‘door nail secured by riveting or clinching’, from clench(en) ‘to fix firmly’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press
Similar surnames: Lynch, Winch, Finch, Clint, Clines, Leach, Pinch, Blanch, Hinch, Lich