king Family History
The family history of the ancient name King was found in the irishsurnames.com archives. Meaning 'ruler', variants of the name King include Conroy, O'Conry and O'Mulconry. This name is of Celtic origin and is found throughout England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It is found in many mediaeval manuscripts in these countries. Examples of such are a John le Kinge of County Norfolk, who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273 and a John Kyng who was Burgess of Perth, Scotland, in the year 1421. The surname King in Ireland was used as a synonym for MacConraio, O'Conraio and MacFhearadhaigh. This arose from the similarity in sound of these Mac names and 'Mac an Righ', meaning son of the King. Nearly all the MacConroys of Moycullen use the name King and in the nineteenth century their seat was at Ballymaconroy, Kingstown.The King family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including King descendants.