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What does Kimberly mean?

Kimberly /kim-ber-ly/ as a girls' name (also used less widely as boys' name Kimberly) is pronounced KIM-ber-lee. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Kimberly is "Cyneburg's field".

Place name and surname: Cyneburg was an Old English personal name meaning "royal forest". Masculine use of the name can be traced back to the Boer War, when English soldiers were fighting in the South African town of Kimberley. Judge Kimba Wood.

Associated with: old english, surname, royal (queen), war (battle), judge (righteous)


Kimberly has 22 variants: Kim, Kimba, Kimber, Kimberlee, Kimberleigh, Kimberley, Kimberli, Kimberlie, Kimberlin, Kimberlyn, Kimblyn, Kimm, Kimmie, Kimmy, Kym, Kymberlee, Kymberleigh, Kymberley, Kymberlie, Kymberly, Kymbra and Kymbrely.

Related girl name: Amberly.

Kimberly has 1 masculine form: Kim.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Kimberka, Kimberla, ..

(male) Kimberill, Kimberno, ..

How popular is Kimberly?

Kimberly is a very prominent first name for females (#24 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#11994 out of 150436, Top 8%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the baby name history of Kimberly for girls. Kimberly was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its highest position of #5 in the U.S. in the 1970s, and is at #105 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

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

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

Prominent related forms of Kimberly (#105 in 2014) are Amberly (#1697 in 2014), Kim, Kimber (#634), Kimberlee, Kimberley, Kimberli, Kimberlie, Kimberlyn, Kimmie, Kimmy, Kym and Kymberly. Adoption of these forms of Kimberly reached its most widespread in the 1960s (usage of 3.93%) and is now significantly less (usage 0.22%, 94.4%). Kimberly has generally been the top pick of parents, although Kimber seems to be getting popular too, while forms such as Kimberly have become less popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kimberly, Amberly, Kim, Kimber, Kimberlee in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kimberley, Kimberli, Kimberlie, Kimberlyn, Kimmie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kimmy, Kym, Kymberly in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Recommended names are Amberely, Amberley, Amberli, Beverly, Bevverly, Cicely, Emelly, Emely, Emmely, Kambria, Kamella, Kameren, Kamerin, Kameron, Kammeron, Karly, Kealy, Keely, Kelbey, Kelly, Kemply, Kerry, Keyely, Kiera, Kierra, Kiley, Kimme, Kimy, Kinneret, Kinsey, Kirby, Kittey (see Katherine), Liberty, Sisely, Verly and Waverly. These names tend to be less commonly used than Kimberly.