The Luxembourgish form does not continue the southern Middle High German variant künic (inflected künige), which is due to dissimilation. Rather, the -ek represents a general denasalisation of Middle High German -inc in final unstressed position. Compare Éislek and German Ösling (“Oesling”, a region in northern Luxembourg). The feminine Kinnigin was influenced by German Königin.
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