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The origins of the King surname date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from an early member of the family who was a person who lived and acted like a king. It is derived from the Old English cyning or cyng, meaning "king," and was probably first bestowed as a nickname upon someone who was kingly in personality or appearance, or perhaps to someone who had played the king in a pageant.

King Early Origins



The surname King was first found in Devon, where the name was first found about 1050. Geoffrey King brought the name to Cheshire in 1177 and by 1273 John King had established lands and estates in the county of Norfolk as evidenced by John le Kyng who was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of Norfolk at that time. The Hundredorum Rolls also lists Walter le Kyng in Cambridgeshire. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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King Spelling Variations


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King Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. King has been spelled many different ways, including King, Kings and others.

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King Early History


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King Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our King research. Another 277 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1050, 1177, 1273, 1247, 1421, 1467, 1600, 1432, 1503, 1500, 1600, 1676, 1621, 1611, 1621, 1592, 1669, 1606, 1681, 1660, 1688, 1659, 1661, 1679, 1648, 1712, 1663, 1712, 1706, 1717, 1717, 1637, 1797 and are included under the topic Early King History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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King Early Notables (pre 1700)


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King Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Oliver King (c.1432-1503) was a Bishop of Exeter and Bishop of Bath and Wells who restored Bath Abbey after 1500; Robert King LL.D. (1600-1676), an English jurist and Master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge; John King (died 1621), Bishop of London in the Church of England...

Another 127 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early King Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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King In Ireland


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King In Ireland



Some of the King family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 203 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Kings to arrive in North America:

King Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Samuel King, who landed at Plymouth in 1620
  • Henery King, who landed in Virginia in 1620 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Daniel King, who setted in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Allin and Alice King, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Dorothy and Anne King, who setted in Massachusetts in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

King Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Dorman King, who arrived in Virginia in 1700 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Christopher King, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Anne King, who arrived in Virginia in 1711 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Elizabeth King, who landed in Virginia in 1715 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Andrew King, who arrived in Virginia in 1721 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

King Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Agness King, aged 62, who landed in Massachusetts in 1812 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Sarah King, who sailed from Scotland to South Carolina with her uncle John in 1820
  • Agnes King, who arrived in North Carolina in 1820 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Henry King, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1828 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Amos N King, who landed in Texas in 1835 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

King Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Isaac King, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Giles King, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Hooper King, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Ann King, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Cathe King, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

King Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James King, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1811
  • Jane King, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1811
  • Thomas King, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Patrick King, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway, Ireland
  • Michael King, aged 18, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

King Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John King, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  • John King, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  • James King, English convict from Dorset, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  • Edward King, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  • George King, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

King Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J W King, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1816
  • P H King, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • J King, who landed in Kororateka, New Zealand in 1836
  • William Spencer King, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • John King, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name King (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name King (post 1700)



  • Riley "BB" King (1925-2015), famous American blues guitarist and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, perhaps best known for his song "The Thrill is Gone"
  • Florence Virginia King (1936-2016), American novelist, essayist and columnist
  • Regina King (b. 1971), American Primetime Emmy Award winning film and television actress and director
  • John W. "Jack" King (1931-2015), American Chief of Public Information and Public Affairs Officer for NASA, nicknamed the "Voice of Apollo"
  • Benjamin Earl "Ben E." King (1938-2015), American soul and R&B singer, best known as the singer and co-composer of "Stand by Me," inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a Drifter
  • Steve King (1958-2014), American Grammy Award-winning sound engineer, best known for his work on The Eminem Show
  • Charles King, American Olympic medalist who won sliver twice for triple jump and long jump at the 1904 games
  • Rufus King (1755-1827), American lawyer, politician, and diplomat, delegate for Massachusetts to the Continental Congress
  • Brigadier-General Woods King (1900-1947), American Commanding Officer 107th Cavalry Regiment (1936-1944)
  • Brigadier-General Henry Lord Page King (1895-1952), American Officer in Charge Military Personnel Division, War Department (1941-1944)
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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King Historic Events


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King Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Jerry Joe King (b. 1964), American Private 1st Class from Fort Worth, Texas, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada
  • Mr. Robert M King (b. 1953), American Captain from Clarksville, Tennessee, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

Empress of Ireland

Halifax Explosion

HMAS Sydney II

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Howard L C King (b. 1916), English Signalman serving for the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve from Forest Gate, London, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. William A King (b. 1921), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Reading, Berkshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Ernest H King (b. 1919), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Farnham, Surrey, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

HMS Repulse

RMS Lusitania

RMS Titanic


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Suggested Readings for the name King


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Suggested Readings for the name King



  • History of the King Family in Flanders & America by Robert E. King.
  • Kennard, King, Knight, Hardin, Goodin by Alta Kennard Patterson.

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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824

Other References

  1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  3. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The King Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The King Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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