King Origin and Meaning

The name King is a boy's name of English origin meaning "monarch".

King is a name that sends a mixed message. While some might think of it as more fitting for a canine, others see it as a strong name with offbeat style and a full court of rich associations, from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Elvis.

King Vidor was an important early Hollywood director; King Camp Gillette invented the safety razor.

If it's king names you're after that aren't King itself, see our list of Names with Royal Meanings or other lists and blogs on royal names.

# 266 in the US

King Rank in US Top 1000

# 1287 on Nameberry

King Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

King Popularity

Famous People Named King

  • King Wallis VidorAmerican film director
  • (William) King BaggotAmerican actor
  • King Camp GilletteAmerican founder of Gillette razors
  • (John) King FisherAmerican Western gunslinger
  • King FloydAmerican soul singer
  • King O'MalleyAustralian politician
  • King Bailey ParsonsAmerican pro wrestler
  • King G. StaplesAmerican businessman and politician
  • Hiram King "Hank" WilliamsAmerican country music singer
  • Vyshonne King Miller aka Silkk The ShockerAmerican rapper
  • Nicholas King "Nick" NolteAmerican actor
  • Clifford Joseph "King" Harris III (b. 2004)son of rapper T.I.
  • King Justice Taylor (b. 2007)son of rapper The Game
  • King Cairo Stevenson (b. 2012)son of rapper Tyga and model Blac Chyna
  • Ocean King PenaVega (b. 2016)son of actors Carlos and Alexa PenaVega

King in Pop Culture

  • King Schultzcharacter in Django Unchained
  • King Bradleycharacter in the manga/anime Fullmetal Alchemist

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