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King Name Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English king ‘king’ (Old English cyning cyng) perhaps acquired by someone with kingly qualities or as a pageant name by someone who had acted the part of a king or had been chosen as the master of ceremonies or ‘king’ of an event such as a tournament festival or folk ritual. In North America the surname King has absorbed several European cognates and equivalents with the same meaning for example German König (see Koenig ) and Küng French Roy Slovenian Croatian or Serbian Kralj Polish Krol . It is also very common among African Americans. It is also found as an artificial Jewish surname. English: occasionally from the Middle English personal name King originally an Old English nickname from the vocabulary word cyning cyng ‘king’. Irish: adopted for a variety of names containing the syllable (which means ‘king’ in Irish). Native American: loose translation into English (and shortening) of a personal name such as Cheyenne Vehoeso ‘Little Chief’ which is from a diminutive of veho ‘chief’. See also Chief . Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 金 possibly based on the Foochow dialect spoken in Fuzhou in Fujian province see Jin Chinese: Cantonese form of the surnames 景 荊 敬 and 經 also variant Romanization of the surnames 井 see Jing 1-4 and 6.7: Chinese: possibly from Cantonese form of the Chinese name 敬 (meaning ‘esteem respect’) a monosyllabic personal name or part of a disyllabic personal name of some early Chinese immigrants in the US.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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

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You can see how King families moved over time by selecting different census years. The King family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most King families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 4,187 King families living in Ontario. This was about 51% of all the recorded King's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of King families in 1911.
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What did your King ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named King. 29% of King men worked as a Farmer and 12% of King women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named King were Clerk and Income. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Servant
  • Income
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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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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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