Last name origins & meanings:
- English and Scottish: nickname from Middle English king,
Old English cyning ‘king’ (originally merely a tribal leader,
from Old English cyn(n) ‘tribe’, ‘race’ + the Germanic suffix
-ing). The word was already used as a byname before the Norman
Conquest, and the nickname was common in the Middle Ages, being used
to refer to someone who conducted himself in a kingly manner, or one
who had played the part of a king in a pageant, or one who had won the
title in a tournament. In other cases it may actually have referred to
someone who served in the king’s household. The American surname has
absorbed several European cognates and equivalents with the same
meaning, for example German König (see Koenig), Swiss
German Küng, French Leroy. It is also found as an
Ashkenazic Jewish surname, of ornamental origin.
- Chinese: variant of Jin 1.
- Chinese: , , , , Jing.
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