What does Kim mean?
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.
Kim▼ has 17 more related forms via Kimberly: Kimba, Kimber, Kimberlee▼, Kimberleigh, Kimberley▼, Kimberli, Kimberlie, Kimberlin, Kimberlyn, Kimblyn, Kymberlee, Kymberleigh, Kymberley, Kymberlie, Kymberly, Kymbra and Kymbrely.
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)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Kim for girls. Kim was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its apex rank of #44 in the U.S. during 1960-1969, but is not found in the list at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Kim and associated names. Kimberly (#105 the previous year), Kimber (#634), Kimberli, Kimberlee and Kimberley are the popular varying forms of Kim ranked in the Top 1000. Usage of these girl names was at its apex during 1960-1969 (usage of 0.5612%) and is now significantly lower (usage 0.2102%, down 62.5%), with the versions Kimberley, Kim and Kimberlee becoming less trendy. Kimber (#634) and Kimberly (#105) are two of the more chic names for newborns in this list. (2014 Birth Statistics)