King Name Meaning

English and Scottish: nickname from Middle English king, Old English cyning ‘king’ (originally merely a tribal leader, from Old English cyn(n) ‘tribe’, ‘race’ + the Germanic suffix -ing). The word was already used as a byname before the Norman Conquest, and the nickname was common in the Middle Ages, being used to refer to someone who conducted himself in a kingly manner, or one who had played the part of a king in a pageant, or one who had won the title in a tournament. In other cases it may actually have referred to someone who served in the king’s household. The American surname has absorbed several European cognates and equivalents with the same meaning, for example German König (see Koenig), Swiss German Küng, French Leroy. It is also found as an Ashkenazic Jewish surname, of ornamental origin. Chinese : variant of Jin 1. Chinese , , , : see Jing.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Kind, Ing, Kong, Kinn, Kin, Ling, Ring, Kang, Ying, Bing

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  • Agricultural Labourer

    5%
  • Labourer

    4%
  • Farmer

    3%
  • Coal Miner

    2%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the King family was Coal Miner. The most common King occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 5% of King's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by King.

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Between 1940 and 2004, King life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for King in 1940 was 37, and 73 in 2004.

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