German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) from Middle High German kint
, German Kind
‘child’, hence a nickname for someone with a childish or naive disposition, or an epithet used to distinguish between a father and his son. In some cases it may be a short form of any of various names ending in -kind
, a patronymic ending of Jewish surnames.
Dutch variant spelling of Kint
, also found in such forms as as Jongkind
English nickname from Middle English kind
(Old English gecynde
) in any of its many senses, ‘legitimate’, ‘dutiful’, ‘benevolent’, ‘loving’, ‘gracious’.