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Etymology & Historical Origin - King
The name King comes from the English vocabulary word denoting a male monarch. King is ultimately derived from the Olde English word “cyning” (king) which was often used as a nickname to signify someone who exhibited kingly qualities or conducted themselves in a kingly manner. Eventually King developed into a surname and is one of the few that predate the Domesday Book of 1086 (recorded as “Cyng”). Aside from being a popular nickname, King as a surname was also in some cases derived from an occupational name, denoting one who was employed in the royal household. As a given name, King has mainly been used in the United States. For one, parents are hoping to project the same ‘kingly’ qualities onto their sons (similar to the title names Duke or Earl). Secondly, the name has been used within the African-American community in homage to civil rights Martin Luther King, Jr. King could also be considered a short form of Kingston or Kingsley.
Popularity of the Name King
King was actually quasi-popular back in the late 1800s. The name appeared on the U.S. male naming charts since 1880 (the first year the government began tracking naming trends in the country). By the 1960s, the name retreated to the shadows and fell off the charts completely. King was basically not used at all in America for almost 50 years; completely forgotten. However, the name would finally make a triumphant return very recently in 2006; the same year that Gwen Stefani named her firstborn son Kingston. King is not as popular as Kingston on the charts, but some parents opted for the simpler, shorter version. There’s nothing shy or unassuming about this name. King is reserved for parents who are not exactly subtle about embracing their pride in and hopes for their sons. There’s something quite charming about that; in an “in-your-face” sort of way.
Popularity of the Boy Name King
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - King
Literary Characters of the Baby Name King
King We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name King.
Popular Songs on King
Birth of the King - a song by Clint Black
Bring Me the Disco King - a song by David Bowie
Bye And Bye, I'm Going To See the King - Ben Harper
Down With the King - a song by Run-D.M.C.
Every Man a King - a song by Randy Newman
Fit for a King - a song by Garth Brooks
He Was the King - a song by Neil Young
Children's Books on the Baby Name King
King - We cannot find any children’s books featuring a character named King.
Famous People Named King
Famous People Named King - King Dunlap (football player); Francis Michael "King" Clancy (hockey player); Michael Joseph "King" Kelly (baseball player); Leonard Leslie "King" Cole (baseball player); Stuart "King" Hill (baseball player)
Children of Famous People Named King
Famous People Who Named Their Son King - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child King.
King - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
King - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name King.
Personality of the Boy Name King
The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change. Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy. This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive.
Variations of the Baby Name - King