|Look up cyning in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.|
The English term king is derived from the Anglo-Saxon cyning, which in turn is derived from the Common Germanic *kuningaz. The Common Germanic term was borrowed into Estonian and Finnish at an early time, surviving in these languages as kuningas. The English term "King" translates, and is considered equivalent to, Latin rēx and its equivalents in the various European languages. The Germanic term is notably different from the word for "King" in other Indo-European languages (*rēks "ruler"; Latin rēx, Sanskrit rājan and Irish ríg, but see Gothic reiks and, e.g., modern German Reich and modern Dutch rijk). It is a derivation from the term *kunjom "kin" (Old English cynn) by the -inga- suffix. The literal meaning is that of a "scion of the [noble] kin", or perhaps "son or descendant of one of noble birth" (OED).
English Queen translates Latin regina; it is from Old English cwen "Queen, noble woman, wife" from the PIE word for "woman" (*gwen-). The Germanic term for "wife" appears to have been specialized to "wife of a King"; in Old Norse, the cognate kvan still mostly refers to a wife generally. Scandinavian drottning, dronning is a feminine derivation from *druhtinaz "Lord". The Norse Rígsþula ends with the emergence of Kón as a Grand son of Rig, resulting from a threesome between the mythological characters Father and Mother, and Rig, through Jarl and his wife Erna. Kon is the twelfth son of Jarl and Erna, and the his progeny are the Konungs, litteraly, the younglings of Kon; from which the name King comes, according to this tradition.
The English word is of Germanic origin, and historically refers to Germanic kingship, in the pre-Christian period a type of tribal kingship. The monarchies of Europe in the Christian Middle Ages derived their claim from Christianisation and the divine right of kings, partly influenced by the notion of sacral kingship inherited from Germanic antiquity.
The Early Middle Ages begin with a fragmentation of the former Western Roman Empire into barbarian kingdoms. In Western Europe, the kingdom of the Franks developed into the Carolingian Empire by the 8th century, and the kingdoms of Anglo-Saxon England were unified into the kingdom of England by the 10th century.
With the breakup of the Carolingian Empire in the 9th century, the system of feudalism places kings at the head of a pyramid of relationships between liege lords and vassals, dependent on the regional rule of barons, and the intermediate positions of counts (or earls) and dukes. The core of European feudal manorialism in the High Middle Ages were the territories of the kingdom of France, the Holy Roman Empire (centered on the nominal kingdoms of Germany and Italy) and the kingdoms of England and Scotland.
In the course of the European Middle Ages, the European kingdoms underwent a general trend of centralisation of power, so that by the Late Middle Ages there were a number of large and powerful kingdoms in Europe, which would develop into the great powers of Europe in the Early Modern period.
|Part of a series of articles on|
Currently (as of 2016[update]), fifteen kings and two queens regnant are recognized as the heads of state of sovereign states (i.e. English king or queen is used as official translation of the respective native titles held by the monarchs).
|Elizabeth II Queen of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth realms||Windsor||queen||United Kingdom and Commonwealth realms||1707 / 9th c.|
|Margrethe II Queen of Denmark||Glücksburg||dronning||Kingdom of Denmark||10th c.|
|Harald V King of Norway||Glücksburg||konge||Kingdom of Norway||11th c.|
|Carl XVI Gustaf King of Sweden||Bernadotte||konung||Kingdom of Sweden||12th c.|
|Felipe VI King of Spain||Bourbon||rey||Kingdom of Spain||1978 / 1479|
|Willem-Alexander King of the Netherlands||Amsberg||koning||Kingdom of the Netherlands||1815|
|Philippe King of the Belgians||Saxe-Coburg and Gotha||koning / roi||Kingdom of Belgium||1830|
|Salman King of Saudi Arabia||Saud||ملك malik||Kingdom of Saudi Arabia||1932|
|Abdullah II King of Jordan||Hashim||ملك malik||Kingdom of Jordan||1946|
|Mohammed VI King of Morocco||Alaoui||ملك malik||Kingdom of Morocco||1956|
|Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa King of Bahrain||Khalifa||ملك malik||Kingdom of Bahrain||1971|
|Vajiralongkorn King of Thailand||Chakri||กษัตริย์ kasat||Kingdom of Thailand||1782|
|Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck King of Bhutan||Wangchuck||འབྲུག་རྒྱལ་པོ་ druk gyalpo||Kingdom of Bhutan||1907|
|Norodom Sihamoni King of Cambodia||Norodom||ស្ដេច sdac||Kingdom of Cambodia||1993 / 1953|
|Tupou VI King of Tonga||Tupou||king||Kingdom of Tonga||1970|
|Letsie III King of Lesotho||Moshesh||king / morena||Kingdom of Lesotho||1966|
|Mswati III King of Swaziland||Dlamini||ngwenyama||Kingdom of Swaziland||1968|
|Emperor / Empress|
|King / Queen|
|Grand Prince / Grand Princess
Grand Duke / Grand Duchess
|Prince / Princess / Infante / Infanta / Królewicz / królewna|
|Duke / Duchess|
|Sovereign Prince / Sovereign Princess / Fürst / Fürstin|
|Marquess / Marquis / Marchioness /
Margrave / Landgrave /
|Count / Countess / Earl
Burgrave / Châtelain / Castellan
|Viscount/Viscountess / Vidame|
|Baron / Baroness|
|Baronet / Baronetess
Hereditary Knight / Lady / Ritter / Ridder
|Knight / Dame
|Esquire / Laird / Edler / Jonkheer / Junker|
|Gentleman / Younger / Maid|