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Where did the English Kings family come from? What is the English Kings family crest and coat of arms? When did the Kings family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kings family history?

The name Kings has a history dating as far back as the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for 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.


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Kings have been found, including King, Kings and others.

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]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kings 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 Kings History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 343 words (24 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kings Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Kings 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.


Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Kings, or a variant listed above:

Kings Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Kings, who arrived in Maryland in 1652

Kings Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Kings, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia


  • Mr. Albert D Kings (b. 1917), British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Frederick Richard Kings, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking


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  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)

Other References

  1. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  11. ...

The Kings Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kings 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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