King (surname)

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King is an English, Scottish or Irish surname. It is also an Anglicized form of the German surname Küng (also König, Koenig and other forms), which in many German dialects is pronounced like king. This originally German form is widespread among American Mennonites and Amish.[1]

Origins and variants[edit]

The English name may be related to the Old English word for a tribal leader, cyning, which derives from the Proto-Germanic kuningaz.[2]

The Scottish surname "King" is a sept of the Clan Gregor / MacGregor.

King was the 84th most common surname in Ireland according to the 1901 census.[3]

List of people with the surname[edit]

Disambiguation of common names with this surname[edit]

Arts and music[edit]


Politics and government[edit]

Former chief of the Mcdonald Clan Scotland.





See also[edit]


  1. ^ King (Koenig, Kinig, Konigh, König) family at
  2. ^ "Online Etymology Dictionary".
  3. ^ "King Surname Maps of Ireland".