When William King Petty was born on 10 May 1811, in Duck River, Hickman, Tennessee, United States, his father, Thomas Petty Jr., was 12 and his mother, Kiziah Albina Humble, was 22. He married Emeline George on 8 February 1836, in Dickson, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Hickman, Tennessee, United States in 1850. He died on 21 November 1858, in Duck River, Hickman, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 47, and was buried in Duck River, Hickman, Tennessee, United States.
English: nickname from Middle English king ‘king’ (Old English cyning, cyng), perhaps acquired by someone with kingly qualities or as a pageant name by someone who had acted the part of a king or had been chosen as the master of ceremonies or ‘king’ of an event such as a tournament, festival or folk ritual. In North America, the surname King has absorbed several European cognates and equivalents with the same meaning, for example German König (see Koenig ) and Küng, French Roy , Slovenian, Croatian, or Serbian Kralj , Polish Krol . It is also very common among African Americans. It is also found as an artificial Jewish surname.
English: occasionally from the Middle English personal name King, originally an Old English nickname from the vocabulary word cyning, cyng ‘king’.
Irish: adopted for a variety of names containing the syllable rí (which means ‘king’ in Irish).
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