What does Kim mean?
Kim /kim/ as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Kim) is pronounced kim. It is of English origin. Short form of Kim- names like Kimball or Kimberly. Kim is also a Korean surname meaning "gold". Literary: name of the boy hero of Rudyard Kipling's novel "Kim".
(male) Kaim, Keim, ..
(female) Kima, Kimma, ..
How popular is Kim?
Kim is a very prominent first name for men (#397 out of 1220, Top 32%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#109 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name history of Kim for boys. Kim was first listed in 1930-1939 and reached its peak rank of #146 in the U.S. in the 1950s, but is not ranked currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed comparison of the statistics of the boy name Kim and corresponding names. Kimball, Kimberly and Kimble are the prominent variation forms of Kim ranked in the Top 2000. Usage of these forms of Kim was well-received during 1950-1959 (average #977), but now, the version Kim has become less in vogue.