What does Kim mean?
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.
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)
Shown below is the baby name history 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 statistics of Kim and associated names. Kimberly (#105 from current records) and Kimber (#634) are the popular varying forms of Kim ranked in the Top 1000. Adoption of these relations of Kim was widespread 54 years ago (average #349) and is somewhat lower today (#579, 35% less), with the version Kim becoming somewhat dated. Kimberly has been the most popular choice, although Kimber seems to be gaining favor too.
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