Last name: King

This ancient and distinguished surname belongs to that sizeable group of European urnames that were gradually created from the habitual use of nicknames. These nicknames were given with reference to a variety of personal characteristics, such as physical attributes or peculiarities, mental and moral characteristics, and to habits of dress and behaviour. The derivation, in this instance, is from the Middle English "king", ultimately from the Olde English pre 7th Century "cyning", king, used to denote someone who conducted himself in a kingly manner; one who had played the part of a king in a medieval pageant, or perhaps won the title in some contest. This surname has the rare distinction of being recorded prior to the Domesday Book of 1086 (see below). Further early recordings from England and Scotland include: Geoffrey King (Cambridgeshire, 1177); Wuluricus le King (Suffolk, 1182); and Robertus dictus King (Aberdeenshire, 1247). When found in Ireland, the surname may be either of English origin, introduced following the Anglo-Norman invasion of 1170, or of Gaelic derivation. In the latter case, King is an Anglicized form of the Old Gaelic "O'Cionga" or "O'Cingeadh" (first Anglicized O'Kinga), a family which in medieval times were seated on the Island of Inismor in Lough Ree. Robert King, second Earl of Kingston (1754 - 1799), was M.P. for County Cork in 1783, 1790 and 1798. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Aelwine se Cyng, which was dated 1050, in the "Old English Byname Register", Devonshire, during the reign of Edward the Confessor, a Saxon, 1042 - 1066. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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julie Cowan
does anyone have any information on birth name- Carol king- who was born in ND in 1928 and lived in aberdeen SD at the age of twelve in the 1940's my name, Julie,

Allen King
I am trying to trace my roots. My dad was Robert Louis King. His father walked out when dad was 2yrs old so I and dad never knew what became of him. I don't know anything, even his name, about him. My dad's mom's name was Rubina, but I never knew her maiden name. Dad was born, raised, and died in Haywood County, NC, which is near Asheville. Any info would be helpful and appreciated.

my surname is king trying to figure out ma roots

D. King
Hey, i'm twelve years old. My last name is King. I have always wanted to learn about my ancestors . I have started to search on when i was about 8 years old. I'm a very curious girl an I will continue to search for my ancesors. My mother's last name is king and her dad's last name was King. And that's as far i have gotten with the king thing. I am very curious but very lazy. Therefore it will take a while for me to know everything that I want to know.

E. King
I'm ten and working on a project about my ancestors so this was really helpful!

A king
Hi I am 12 and I am writing a research paper about my last name and this is really helpful!!

A king
hi where does the surname king originally came from? im confused

a king
My name is King, but in the Hungarian way - KIRÁLY.
We are coming from Mesopotamia as Sumerian descendants. As you see Nimrod in the Old Testament, the great-grandson of Noah. Attila the Hun is the nephew of Nimrod. (Nimród is still a common name in the Hungarian language)
BTW we are still using many words from the ancient times, such us the city of 'Ur' Úr (Iraq), it is an ancient city name from the Sumerian times.

Angela Hecathorn

Looking for info on the king family of centralia, marion illinois. My grandfather would have been Ted king buried at Saint Mary Cemetary birth apr 29,1906 death june4,1993. His parents were Burt and myrtle (madd) King. Ted King married Geraldine Alli. I dont have a date on that but there was a kids born to them, and I know majority of them were adopted out. The kids I have by names are Fred king, Richard King..possible in INA ILLINOIS..Ted king deceased,.Nadine , Esther, Linda,melody, Florence possible in staunton,il, Doris..and there was a lola mae that was 2 months old that died. Story I was told was that Geraldine was off her rocker and it was a really bad situation for the kids. Im looking for family members to do research only health purposes. If any one has any info please contact me.

lily king

anyone know about my name school project

David King
I've been able to trace my surname back to Stirlingshire Scotland 1551. My King family line was a sept of the MacGregor's. Thomas King emigrated to Pennsylvania in 1710.

J M King
My family was renamed from Percy to King after the Norman conquest, emigrated to Londonderry, Ireland in 16th century, and settled in Pennsylvania in the 18th century. From there we moved to Missouri and Kansas by the turn of the 20th century. Hope this helps any Irish Kings out there.

Conner King
This is cool, but my dad's dad who I got my last name from was Pennyslvania Dutch and not English, our original last name was Doopres which later a king saw our family as poor and gave us land, wealth, and changed our last name to king

Not all Kings are European.
Many of the descendants of chiefs of the Chickasaw and Choctaw Native American tribes took the name King after they were Anglicized. One of them was my ancestor. His sons adopted Christianity and took the name King.

Brenda King
In Scottish history, the MacGregor clan had to change their names or be killed...t47 Septs spun off... and the name King was one of them. I recently learned these were my roots.

Michelle Maree King-surmiak
I want to know my family history I'm a king from my fathers side "Mark Ronald King" anyone know anything?

Daniel King is as far back as I've gotten. On my mom's side. He was born about 1707 in Minchinhampton, Glouestershire, England. I want to go back further and also know colors of coat of arms, the copy I have is black and white. Any help email me

I need to know the origin of Clarke my mom was Clarke

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