Type Surname (from nickname & from occupation)
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. KING  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

From Old English cyning "king", originally a nickname for someone who either acted in a kingly manner or who worked for or was otherwise associated with a king. A famous bearer was the American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968).

Related Names

Other Languages & CulturesKnežević(Croatian) De Koning, Koning(Dutch) Koenig, König(German) Knežević(Serbian)
Given Name DescendantKing(English)


Entry updated January 21, 2022