Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Kingsley

Kingsley is the transferred use of an English surname with Anglo-Saxon roots first recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Kyngesly. The name comes from the Germanic elements “cyning” meaning “king, chieftain” and “lēah” signifying a wood clearing or a glade. Kingsley is very similar to another English surname: Kingston (meaning “king’s town”). Royal names have come into fashion (particularly in America). King, Kingston, Kinglsey, Prince and Princess are all names peppering the U.S. naming charts today. Names like Kingston and Kingsley are more surnamey and less in-your-face compared to King or Prince. Still, all of these names – including other courtly names like Marquis, Duke, Earl – are great ways for parents to celebrate their baby boys with regal and stately names.

All About the Baby Name – Kingsley

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME KINGSLEY

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME KINGSLEY

American parents have been naming their baby boys King much longer than you might guess; however, Kingston and Kingsley are more new to the 21st century. In fact, Kingsley only first landed a position on the Top 1000 list on 2010 and still resides near the bottom of the charts. There are likely three reasons for Kingsley’s recent appearance on the U.S. naming charts: one, it follows the fashionable trend of using surnames as forenames; two, it follows the popularity of Kingston (thanks to Gwen Stefani’s kid); and three, Kingsley Shacklebolt is a fan-favorite character in some of the Harry Potter books. One can’t help agreeing that Kingsley is a dignified name and one filled with a solid dose of English arrogance (in a good way).

Quick Facts

ON KINGSLEY

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

926

PRONUNCIATION:

KINGZ-lee

SIMPLE MEANING:

King's glade

Characteristics

OF KINGSLEY

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Creative

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Cultural References to the Baby Name – Kingsley

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME KINGSLEY

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Kingsley

Popular Songs

ON KINGSLEY

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Famous People

NAMED KINGSLEY

Kingsley Amis (English writer)

Children of Famous People

NAMED KINGSLEY

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME KINGSLEY

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