King name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name King mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of King

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. 2 people from New Jersey, U.S. agree the name King is of French origin and means "ruler".
  2. According to a user from Australia, the name King means "Supreme ruler from one punch man".
  3. A user from North Carolina, U.S. says the name King means "rich".
  4. A user from Virginia, U.S. says the name King is of Fiction origin and means "The future inheritance of gods kingdom".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun King
A Chinese musical instrument, consisting of resonant stones or metal plates, arranged according to their tones in a frame of wood, and struck with a hammer.
noun King
  1. A chief ruler; a sovereign; one invested with supreme authority over a nation, country, or tribe, usually by hereditary succession; a monarch; a prince."Ay, every inch a king." [Shak.]" Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle." [Burke.]"There was a State without king or nobles." [R. Choate.]"But yonder comes the powerful King of Day, Rejoicing in the east" [Thomson.]
  2. One who, or that which, holds a supreme position or rank; a chief among competitors; as, a railroad king; a money king; the king of the lobby; the king of beasts.
  3. A playing card having the picture of a king{1; as, the king of diamonds.
  4. The chief piece in the game of chess.
  5. A crowned man in the game of draughts.
  6. pl.The title of two historical books in the Old Testament.

Note: King is often used adjectively, or in combination, to denote preëminence or superiority in some particular; as, kingbird; king crow; king vulture.

Etymology: AS. cyng cyning; akin to OS. kuning, D. koning, OHG. kuning, G. könig, Icel. konungr, Sw. konung, Dan. konge; formed with a patronymic ending, and fr. the root of E. kin; cf. Icel. konr a man of noble birth. √44. See Kin

verb King
To supply with a king; to make a king of; to raise to royalty.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (chess) the weakest but the most important piece
  2. One of the four playing cards in a deck bearing the picture of a king
  3. A checker that has been moved to the opponent's first row where it is promoted to a piece that is free to move either forward or backward
  4. A very wealthy or powerful businessman
  5. A male sovereign; ruler of a kingdom
  6. A competitor who holds a preeminent position
  7. United States charismatic civil rights leader and Baptist minister who campaigned against the segregation of Blacks (1929-1968)
  8. United States guitar player and singer of the blues (born in 1925)
  9. United States woman tennis player (born in 1943)
  10. Preeminence in a particular category or group or field ("the lion is the king of beasts")
  1. The title of a king.
  2. An English and Scottish surname​, originally a nickname for someone who either acted as if he were a king or had worked in the king's household.
  3. (Britain, rail transport) King class, a class of steam locomotives used on the GWR.

King was also found in the following language(s): Cebuano and Tagalog

Notable Persons Named King

Notable Persons Named King

King Kong

King Kong is a fictional character.

King Krule

King Krule is an indie rock, punk jazz, jazz fusion, post-punk, hip hop music, and dark wave musician. He plays Guitar, Keyboard instrument, and Vocals. His most notable accomplishments were from 2010 to present. King was given the name Archy Ivan Marshall on August 24th, 1994. King is also known as Zoo Kid, DJ JD Sports, Edgar The Beatmaker, Lankslacks, and Archy Marshall.

King Diamond

King Diamond is a heavy metal music musician. He plays Vocals, keyboards, guitar, and Keyboard instrument. His ongoing career started in 1974. King was given the name Kim Bendix Petersen on June 14th, 1956 in Copenhagen, Denmark. King is also known as King Diamond and Masthema Mazziqim.

King Bach

King Bach is an actor, film director, comedian, and director. King was given the name Andrew B. Bachelor in Toronto. King is also known as King Bach.

King Ghidorah

King Ghidorah is a fictional character. King is also known as Ghidrah, Ghidora, Monster Zero, Thousand Year-Old Dragon, Grand King Ghidorah, and King of Terror.

King Shark

King Shark is a comics character.


Notable Persons With the Last Name King

Notable Persons With the Last Name King

Stephen King

Stephen King is a horror, fantasy, science fiction, supernatural fiction, drama, suspense, thriller, gothic fiction, genre fiction, dark fantasy, apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic fiction, and crime fiction screenwriter, columnist, actor, television producer, film director, singer, musician, novelist, and short story. He was most active from 1967 to present. Stephen was given the name Stephen Edwin King on September 21st, 1947 in Portland, Maine, United States.

Rodney King

Rodney was given the name Rodney Glen King III on April 2nd, 1965 in Sacramento, California, U.S. He left this life on June 17th, 2012.

Jr. Martin Luther King

Jr. Martin Luther King was a clergyman and activist. They hold the title I Have a Dream and I've Been to the Mountaintop. Jr. was given the name Michael King, Jr. by their parents Martin Luther King, Sr., and Alberta Williams King on January 15th, 1929. They passed away on April 4th, 1968.

Carole King

Carole King is a pop music, soft rock, folk rock, and blue-eyed soul singer-songwriter. She was most active from 1958 to present. Carole was given the name Carol Joan Klein on February 9th, 1942 in Manhattan, New York City, U.S.

Elle King

Elle King is a country, soul, rock, and blues musician. She plays Vocals, guitar, and banjo. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1998 to present. Elle was given the name Tanner Elle Schneider on July 3rd, 1989 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

B.B. King

B.B. King was a blues, rhythm, and blues rock musician. He plays Gibson ES-335. He was most prominent from 1948 to 2015. B.B. was given the name Riley B. King on September 16th, 1925 in Berclair, Mississippi, U.S. He died on May 14th, 2015.

  • Larry King
  • Jaime King
  • Billie Jean King
    Tennis Player
  • Don King
    Boxing Promoter
  • Coretta Scott King
    Civil Rights
  • Regina King
  • Angus King
    Office Holder
  • Aja Naomi King
  • Andy King
    Soccer Player
  • Joe Hill
  • Dwight King
    Hockey Player
  • William Lyon Mackenzie King
    Prime Minister of Canada
  • Candice King
  • Gayle King
    Magazine Editor

Common last names for King

  • Williams
  • Smith
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Johnson
  • Wong
  • Lee
  • Davis
  • Thomas
  • Harris
  • Jackson
  • Chan
  • Yee
  • Robinson
  • Thompson
  • White

Common first names for King

  • John
  • James
  • William
  • Mary
  • Robert
  • Charles
  • George
  • Thomas
  • Margaret
  • Helen
  • Joseph
  • Dorothy
  • Edward
  • Richard
  • Ruth
  • Willie
  • Elizabeth
  • David
  • Frank
  • Walter

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity King U.S.
  White 70.16% 64.26%
  African American 22.76% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.23% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.98% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.31% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.55% 16.26%

Of Last Name King

People with the last name King are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name King

  • What name lists does King rank for?
  • How Popular is the name King? King is the 1,444th most popular name of all time. As a last name King was the 34th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name King have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 28,735 babies born with the first name King in the United States. That's more than enough people named King to occupy the territory of Aland Islands (Finland) with an estimated population of 28,355 (as of December 31, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named King? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 27 new born babies.
  • When was King first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name King is Wednesday, May 15th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named King born? The highest recorded use of the first name King was in 2017 with a total of 2,680 babies. That's a lot of babies named King!
  • Random King Factoid: According to the 2018 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name King ranks 96th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Delaware. Imagine that, 12 babies in Delaware have the same name in 2018.
  • Weird things about the name King: The name spelled backwards is Gnik. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Ikgn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name King? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 465,422 people with the last name King.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of King? King was ranked as the 34th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
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