if anyone has any imput, would aprriciate it.
i was always told by my family we were of Lithuanian descent of which the surname is zinkarvitch.
a year or so ago I met a Lithuanian barmaid who told me, upon hearing me say my name, that it probably was Polish in origin as there are a lot of Polish residing in Lithuania.
upon doing rearch, mostly checking census reports from when my great grandparents and grand parents, the spelling of my last name changed considerably depending on the census.
i'm pretty sure they are my family as all the first names and age dates are the same. in a 1909 birth record of my grandfather's sister the last name is spelled zinkovwith. on the 1920 census it was spelled Sinkvich. on the 1930 census my grandfather, who was married by that time, shortened it to Zink. Finally on the 1940 census it had the spelling used today by my cousins, Zinkarvitch.
There are no other people in the world with that name and it has obviously been distorted over the years as evidenced. I also read that this could be a patronymic name (son of) and not a surname in places like Belarussia and Russia which has me baffled even more.
Confused as I am, I believe it to be Russian descent and perhaps my great grandparents resided in Lithuania prior to coming to America.
I know this is long winded but any input woyuld be helpful.