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What does Kimberly mean?

Kimberly Pronunciation of 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, old, 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.

1 masculine form: Kim.

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Middle name pairings:
Kimberly Willow (K.W.), ..

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)

Kimberly was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its highest position of #5 in the U.S. in the 1970s, and is at #107 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent related forms of Kimberly (#107 in 2015) are Amberly (#1766 in 2015), Kim, Kimber (#630), 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.

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