King Family History

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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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King Family Origin

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King Family Occupations

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

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner


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King Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3 million census records available for the last name King. Like a window into their day-to-day life, King census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 344,000 immigration records available for the last name King. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 537,000 military records available for the last name King. For the veterans among your King ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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King Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, 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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