Kimberley Name Meaning & Origin

Kimberley

Pronunciation: KIM-ber-lee (key)

Origin of the name Kimberley:

Of debated origin, Kimberely seems to be a borrowing of the name of the South African city and diamond-mining center. This Kimberley is though to be derived from kimberlite, a kind of peridotite rock which contains diamonds. Others think it to be derived from Lord Kimberley, whose name is believed to be a compound name composed of an Old English personal name of unknown meaning and lēah (wood, clearing, meadow, enclosure). Kimberely originated as a male name but is now more common as a female name. Var: Kimberlee, Kimberly. Short: Kim. Pet: Kimmi, Kimmie, Kimmy.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Kim, Kimber, Kimberlee, Kimberlin, Kimberly

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Nicknames for Kimberley

Kim, Kimme, Kimmee, Kimmi, Kimmii, Kimmy, Kimy, Kimmie, Kimmey,
Kimber, Lee, Kymber, Kimbo, Kymmie, Kymmy, Kym, Berely, Kimmerz, Kymbo, Kimmiey, and Kimie

Also Berley (as apposed to Berely), & Kimba

Meanings and history of the name Kimberley

I am Kimberley; I met someone once who told me that the name Kimberley might be derived from an African name that sounds like Kemba-lay which means "white lioness in the field". (Anyone remember the cartoon show "Kimba the white lion" or am I aging myself?) Since I have a baby name book that says Kim means ruler and Kimberley (once a surname, became a place name, then a boy's name died out in popularity and became a girl's name) means ruler's field or ruler's meadow; I thought the African name appropriate. And oh yeah my baby name book also said that Beverly means field or meadow and I wondered if "berley" might be a derivative of Beverly. I've also been told of a Kimberley who is called Berley and a Kimber leighAnne or maybe Kimber leann which sounds like my name Kimberley Anne.

Famous real-life people named Kimberley

Kimberley Locke is a singer.
Kimberley Ann Scott Mathers: Kimberley Anne Mathers (born Kimberley Anne Scott on January 9, 1975 in Warren, Michigan) is the ex-wife of Marshall Bruce Mathers III, a.k.a. Eminem. Famous by association.
Kimberley Kardashian - reality T.V Star and entrepreneur.

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