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Type Surname (from nickname)
Other Forms FormsKint

Meaning & History

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’.
Added 12/8/2015 by anonymous
Edited 9/17/2016 by LMS