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Origin and Meaning of Kin

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  • According to a user from United Kingdom, the name Kin is of Japanese origin and means "Golden, Money, Light/Sun".
  • According to a user from Australia, the name Kin is of Mexican origin and means "Sun".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Kin
A primitive Chinese instrument of the cittern kind, with from five to twenty-five silken strings.
noun Kin
  1. Relationship, consanguinity, or affinity; connection by birth or marriage; kindred; near connection or alliance, as of those having common descent.
  2. Relatives; persons of the same family or race."The father, mother, and the kin beside." [Dryden.]"You are of kin, and so a friend to their persons." [Bacon.]

Etymology: OE. kin cun, AS. cynn kin, kind, race, people; akin to cennan to beget, D. kunne sex, OS. & OHG. kunni kin, race, Icel. kyn, Goth. kuni, G. & D. kind a child, L. genus kind, race, L. gignere to beget, Gr. gi`gnesqai to be born, Skr. jan to beget. √44. Cf. Kind King Gender kind, Nation

The unit velocity in the C. G. S. system -- a velocity of one centimeter per second.

Etymology: Gr. kinei^n to move

adjective Kin
Of the same nature or kind; kinder.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Group of people related by blood or marriage
  2. A person having kinship with another or others ("he's kin")
  3. Related by blood

From Middle English kin, kyn, ken, kun, from Old English cynn (“kind, sort, rank, quality, family, generation, offspring, pedigree, kin, race, people, gender, sex, propriety, etiquette”), from Proto-Germanic *kunją (“race, generation, descent”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵenh₁- (“to produce”). Cognate with Scots kin (“relatives, kinfolk”), North Frisian kinn, kenn (“gender, race, family, kinship”), Dutch kunne (“gender, sex”), Middle Low German kunne (“gender, sex, race, family, lineage”), Danish køn (“gender, sex”), Swedish kön (“gender, sex”), Icelandic kyn (“gender”), and through Indo-European, with Latin genus (“kind, sort, ancestry, birth”), Ancient Greek γένος (génos, “kind, race”), Albanian dhen (“(herd of) small cattle”).

  1. Race; family; breed; kind.
  2. (collectively) Persons of the same race or family; kindred.
  3. One or more relatives, such as siblings or cousins, taken collectively.
  4. Relationship; same-bloodedness or affinity; near connection or alliance, as of those having common descent.
  5. Kind; sort; manner; way.

    kin was also found in the following language(s): Afrikaans, Czech, Dutch, Hungarian, Ido, Japanese, Kurdish, Lojban, Navajo, Ngarrindjeri, and West Frisian

    Notable Persons Named Kin

    Kin Shriner is an actor. Kin was born on December 6th, 1953 in New York City.


    Kin Hubbard was a cartoonist, humorist, journalist, and list of humorists. Kin was given the name Frank McKinney Hubbard on September 1st, 1868 in Bellefontaine, Ohio. He left this life on December 26th, 1930.


    Kin was born on July 8th, 1970 in Amagasaki.


    Kin Vassy was a country music singer-songwriter. He plays Vocals. He was most prominent from 1963 to 1994. Kin was given the name Charles Kindred Vassy on August 16th, 1943. He died on June 23rd, 1994.


    Kin W. Moy is a diplomat. Kin was born in British Hong Kong.


    Kin Platt is a comics creator.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Kin

    Joseph was born Joseph Tsang Mang Kin on March 12th, 1938 in Port-Louis, Mauritius.


    Lee Chi Kin is an athlete for the Dreams Metro Gallery FC. Lee was born in Hong Kong.


    Yan Lik Kin is a soccer player for the Tuen Mun SA, Seiko SA, South China AA, Sing Tao SC, Double Flower FA, Hong Kong Rangers FC, Happy Valley AA, Sun Hei SC, and Hong Kong national football team. Yan was born on July 13th, 1961.


    Rim was born in 1911. He died in 1959.


    Tam was born on July 28th, 1980 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong.


    Onbai was born on August 21st, 1913 in Seoul, South Korea. He breathed his last breath on February 15th, 1980.


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    Popularity of Kin as a last name

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    Common last names for Kin

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    Common first names for Kin

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Kin U.S.
      White 28.29% 64.26%
      African American 2.99% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 60.21% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 6.33% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Kin

    People with the last name Kin are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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    Fun Facts about the name Kin

    • How Popular is the name Kin? Kin is the 23,569th most popular name of all time. As a last name Kin was the 16,519th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Kin have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 258 babies born with the first name Kin in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kin to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kin? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1935 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Kin first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kin is Thursday, February 6th, 1873.
    • What year had the most people named Kin born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kin was in 1989 with a total of 10 babies.
    • Random Kin Factoid: According to the 1982 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kin is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name as you in 1982.
    • Weird things about the name Kin: Your name in reverse order is Nik. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ink. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Kin? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,739 people with the last name Kin.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kin? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Kin as their last name since less than 1 person in 169k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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