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What does King mean?

King Pronunciation of King [king] as a boys' name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of King is "king". One of several titles occasionally used as given names. Other male title names are Caesar, Count, Czar, Duke, Earl, Khanh, Prince, and Marquis. Modern use may be inspired by Martin Luther King.

Associated with: old english, king, modern.


2 relations via Caesar, Earl, Khanh, Marquis, Prince: Khan and Prinz.

Creative forms:
(male) Keang, Kring, ..

(female) Kidy, Kita, ..

Middle name pairings:
King Logan (K.L.), ..

How popular is King?

King is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#1055 out of 1220, Top 86%) and an even more prominent last name for both adults and children (#35 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

King reached its apex position of #163 in the U.S. in the year 2015. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of King name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of King outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with similar and related boy names. Caesar (#1699 in recent rankings), Duke (#603), Earl (#1348), Marquis (#929) and Prince (#387) are the popular related forms of King (#163 in recent rankings). Usage of these relations of King was more pronounced among parents a century ago (usage of 0.8%) and has become significantly less since (usage 0.2%, 71% less), with versions like Marquis becoming less in vogue. Duke, King and Prince are three of the more trendy names for newborns in this compilation.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of King, Caesar, Duke, Earl, Marquis, Prince in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of King and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Bing, Ewing, Ing, Kain, Kaine, Kana, Kane, Kano, Ken, Kenn, Kent, Kian, Kibo, Kidd, Kile, Kim, Kimo, Kip, Kipp, Kirk, Kit, Kitt, Kline, Klint, Lang, Long and Ring. These names tend to be less commonly used than King.

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