Last name origins & meanings:
- Czech (Král), Slovak (Král), and eastern German (of Slavic
origin): from the western Slavic word kral ‘king’, a derivative
of the personal name Karl ‘Charles’, the name of the Frankish
king and Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne (?742–814; Latin name
Carolus Magnus). The word kral as a generic term meaning
‘king’ became widespread throughout eastern Europe in the Middle Ages;
in Byzantium it generally denoted the kings of Serbia. As a surname,
it generally arose either as an occupational name for a servant of the
king or as an ironic nickname for one who gave himself regal airs. The
surname is also found in German, often in the spelling Krahl.
- Americanized form of Slovenian, Croatian, or Serbian
Kralj ‘king’, of the same origin as 1. Compare Kraly.
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