Rev. Martin Luther King’s initials were (obviously) M-L-K.
“K,” the 11th letter of our Latin-based English alphabet, is equivalent to “kaph,” the 11th letter of the Hebrew alphabet; “L” corresponds to the Hebrew letter “Lamed” and “M” to the Hebrew letter “Mem.” I expect that this is true in the Arabic alphabet, too (both are branches of the Semitic language family). The Hebrew letters for Rev. King’s name are therefore “Mem-Lamed-Kaph” (pronounced slightly differently in Arabic) — which spells “king” in Hebrew & Arabic.
Malcolm, when he took a purely Arabic name, chose “Malik” — the Arabic form of “king.”
Both were “kings” in the sense of being leaders — and especially unique ones, at that.
Our names say something about who we are.
I knew a man named Lawrence, who was trying to figure out what to do with his life. He looked at his name and saw “l-a-w.” He became a very successful lawyer.
We can sometimes find the meaning of our names in looking at their Hebrew roots:
Galileo defended Copernicus’ findings about the Earth revolving around the Sun. The root “g-l-l” in Hebrew means “to roll.” His last name — Galilei — seems to emphasize this.
Magellan circumnavigated the globe by sea; “rolled around the earth,” as it were. The same “g-l-l” root appears in his name (the initial “m” indicates “one who…,” as in “mujihadin” — one who performs “jihad” — a word originally applied to the Afghanis who were battling the Soviet Union).