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What does Kim mean?

Kim Pronunciation of Kim [kim] as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Kim) is pronounced kim. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Kim is "Cyneburg's field". Short form of Kimberly, used as an independent name since the mid 20th century, influenced by actresses Kim Novak and Kim Basinger. Kim is also a Korean name meaning "gold". Actress Kim Catrall.

Associated with: old english, 20th century (modern), gold.


Kim has 8 variants: Kimana, Kimm, Kimme, Kimmie, Kimmy, Kimy, Kym and Kymme.

2 more related forms via Kimberly: Kimba and Kimber.

Creative forms:
(female) Kika, Kima, ..

(male) Kiem, Kish, ..

Middle name pairings:
Kim Susan (K.S.), ..

How popular is Kim?

Kim is a very prominent first name for women (#118 out of 4276, Top 3%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#109 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Kim was first listed in 1930-1939 and reached its apex rank of #43 in the U.S. during 1960-1969, but is not found in the list at the moment. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kim name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Kim outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Kimberly (#107 from current records), Kimber (#630), Kym, Kimmy and Kimmie are the popular varying forms of Kim ranked in the Top 2000. Usage of these relations of Kim was widespread 55 years ago (average #1058) and is now significantly lower (#1456, 94% less usage), with versions such as Kimberly becoming somewhat dated. Kimberly has been the most popular choice, although Kimber seems to be gaining favor too.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kim, Kimber, Kimberly, Kimmie, Kimmy, Kym in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Kim, Kimberly outside U.S.

Similar Names

Kim is alike in pronunciation to Cam. Other recommended names are Kia, Kimi, Kit and Mim. These names tend to be less commonly used than Kim.

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