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Updated May 24, 2023

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Boy name origins & meanings

  • Old English : Ruler

What does Kingston mean and stand for?

The name Kingston is of Old English origin and means "king's town". Originally a surname, Kingston is derived from an Old English word meaning the same thing.

Syllables: 2

Boy name variations

How Popular Is The Name Kingston

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : habitational name from any of the numerous places throughout England called Kingston or Kingstone. Almost all of them, regardless of the distinction in spelling, were originally named in Old English as cyningestūn ‘the king’s settlement’, i.e. royal manor. However, Kingston upon Soar in Nottinghamshire is named as ‘royal stone’, while Kingstone in Somerset is ‘king’s stone’; both probably being named for some local monument.

Famous people with this last name

Famous people who gave their babies this name


According to Social Security Administration data, Kingston has been increasingly popular, jumping the ranks for the last decade, and staying around the same rank for the past three years. Kingston comfortably remains in the top 120, toggling between 118 and 117.

However, it is the 1st most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Kingston was at its peak popularity in April 2019.

Kingston was originally a surname before becoming a popular given name in 2006 thanks to singers Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale choosing it for their first son. Football player Scott Wells, soccer player Bobby Boswell, actress Chelsea Hobbs, hockey player Chris Bourque, and actress Billie Lourd all followed suit, choosing the name for their sons. Kingston is also the name of a rather popular Youtuber.

Where is it Popular?

Kingston was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Kingston

  • King

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