King Family Crest
Meaning of the colors on the King family crest
Argent (silver) - represents the King family's reputation for sincerity and peace.
Sable (black) - symbolises constancy and the enduring nature of the King family.
Or (Gold) - symbolizes the historical generosity of this ancient family.
Meaning of the symbols on the King family crest
The Lion rampant - represents the ferociousness, bravery and valour of the King family, one of the most desirable family crest symbols since medieval times.
The three crosses - symbolize Christ's rise from the dead to claim victory over sin. A connection to the family's early religious associations. This particular cross is known as a 'crosslet' and can be interpreted to represent the four evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
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Origins of the King family name
King is largely an English family name.
The earliest known origin of the name King is from the Old English 'Cyning', meaning King, which was derived from the Proto-Germanic kuningaz.
The name is thought to have originally been used as a title for a chieftain or leader, and was later adopted as a family name.
The name is also found in the Old Norse Kyning, as well as in the modern Scandinavian forms of King and Kong.
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Summary of the King family and the King family crest
- The history of the King surname in England is believed to date back to the pre-7th century.
- As a family name, it was probably originally given to someone who worked in the royal household or who held a position of authority in the government.
- Over the centuries, the name has been spelled in many different ways, including Kyng, Kynge and Kynges.
- The first official widely recorded use of the surname King was in the year 1066, during the Norman Conquest of England.
- One of the earliest bearers of the surname was Robert de King, who was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086
- The King family has produced many notable individuals, including several kings of England.
- The surname King in America can be traced back to the early colonial period.
- The Kings were among the early settlers of the New World, and the name has been found in the records of every American colony.
- The first King recorded officially in America was John King, who arrived in Virginia in 1622, followed by his brother Thomas, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630.
- The Kings were among the first families to move westward into the frontier states of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Ohio. The surname is also common in the southern states, where many Kings were plantation owners before the Civil War.
- The Kings have been prominent in American politics, business, and the arts. Several Kings have served as governor of their state, and three have been elected to the US Senate.
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