Meaning and Name Origin
Kimberly \k(i)-mber-ly, kimb(e)-rly\ 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.
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.
For more information, see also the related girl name Amberly.
Kimberly has 1 masculine form: Kim.
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 (#14276 out of 88799, Top 16%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Kimberly for girls. Kimberly was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its highest position of #5 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, and is at #105 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the girl name Kimberly and related names. Prominent related forms of Kimberly (#105 in 2014) rated in the Top 1000 are Amberly, Kim, Kimber (#634 in 2014), Kimberlee, Kimberley and Kimberli. Usage of these girl names reached its most widespread during 1960-1969 and is now significantly less, with the forms Kim, Kimberlee and Kimberley becoming less stylish. Kimber (#634) and Kimberly (#105) are two of the more fashionable names for newborns in this compilation. (2014 Birth Statistics)