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.
(female) Kima, Kimma, ..
(male) Kiem, Kish, ..
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 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. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed comparison of the statistics of Kim and associated names. Kimberly (#105 from current records), Kimber (#634), Kym, Kimmy and Kimmie are the popular varying forms of Kim ranked in the Top 2000. Usage of these relations of Kim was widespread 54 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.