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What does Kimberly mean?

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 on this name, 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 (#11994 out of 150436, Top 8%). (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. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 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, Kim, Kimber (#634 in 2014), Kimberlee, Kimberley and Kimberli. Usage of these girl names reached its most widespread during 1960-1969 (usage of 0.481%) and is now significantly less (usage 0.1801%, down 62.5%), 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. Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the girl name Kimberly and related names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Amberly, Kim, Kimber, Kimberlee, Kimberley, Kimberli, Kimberly in U.S.

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