Kimberly Name Meaning & Origin


Pronunciation: KIM-ber-lee (key)

Origin of the name Kimberly:

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.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Kim, Kimber, Kimberlee, Kimberley, Kimberlin

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Comments and insights on the name Kimberly

The origin of this name is most likely "Kynburgha's field". The name is known in two parts of England that had a local heroine in St. Kynburgha, a princess and abbess from the medieval times. Versions of the name Kynbergh were popular in England for centuries. The ly ending means meadow or field. The Anglo Saxon name Kynburgh means royal fortress, which is why the entire translation without historical context is royal fortress meadow.

News regarding the USS Kimberly may have influenced some mothers to use the name Kimberly. The USS Kimberly was named for Admiral Lewis A. Kimberly by his daughter, and was launched in 1943 out of Staten Island, NY. The USS Kimberly came to Boston Naval Shipyard in July 1966 for overhaul prior to being loaned to the government of the Republic of China. My mother said I was named for the diamond mines in Africa. But I was born just one month after the USS Kimberly docked in Boston.

Personal experiences with the name Kimberly

My name is spelled with an "ie" and is very unique - KIMBERLIE. I have only met 2 other Kimberlie(s)in my 41 years. Consequently, you always have to spell it, so people get it right on forms, paperwork and etc. Kind of a pain!

To the above: Are you Kim Fisher?

I like it better ending with a Y. Ending it with an IE makes it look stupid.

My very best friend is named Kimberly. She's got walls 50 miles high but it was worth getting past them.

I love my NAME:)

Kimberly became very popular in the 60's, it was almost like Jennifer. Everybody was naming their daughters Kimberly and Tammy. Then those 2 names just got dropped. I really liked the name Kimberly, still do, but none of the Kimberlys are ever called Kimberly, they're all called Kim, just like none of the Pamelas are called Pamela, they're all called Pam. I think it's sad to take such beautiful names and shorten them.

My name is Kimberly but I have always been called Kimmie. I'm 26 and there were a few other Kim's at my school, but no Kimmie's. I have no complaints about my name.

I'm also a Kimberly, but I've been called Kimmy all my life. In sixth grade, my teacher told me it was "time to move on to a more adult name," like Kim or Kimberly. (I've remained a Kimmy if just to spite her.)

I really like this name, but none of the Kimberly's are ever called Kimberly - they're all called Kim. I think shortening a beautiful name spoils it. They should leave these beautiful names alone.

Not all of the Kimberlys are called Kim. I am a Kimberly and I have always been called Kimberly. My mother always wanted me to be called by my full name. Then again, my mother named me after the character from Melrose Place who slept with the doctor and ruined his marriage - yay.

I was born in 1968 and named Kimberly. There were always like 3 of us in every class. Now, no one names their daughters this, a fact that I am rather ambivalent about. My main problems with my first name are: (1) outside of the English-speaking world, it does not sound like a girl name and does not work in foreign languages for this reason, and (2) the nickname Kim did not work with my one-syllable maiden name. By the time you got ready to hear a name, it was already past in a blur. Thank goodness I have a two-syllable married name. Think, parents, think before you name your kid something that does not work practically!

To the above, I have a one-syllable last name (Coe). I get called Kim-co a lot.

My name is Kimberly. I have also gone by Kim because I have never heard my family call me Kimberly in less it was closely followed by Ann and then I didn't do it. I hate my name. Not because it is not a beautiful name. It is because of Jenny, Kenny, Kimmy is hard to hear the difference in when they are yelled at you or even if you are speaking fast. My family name also starts with a K so I am glad my middle name doesn't too. My family didn't think of that when they name my brother and I.

Then your initials would be KKK. Not good.

I’m currently doing a biography and my character’s sisters name is Kimberly.

I knew a Kimberly in High School, she was a fun sweet beautiful person, she went by the nickname
K.I.M. short for Keep it Movin

Nicknames for Kimberly

Kim, Kimchi,Kimbo,Kimbra, Kimber, Kimbers, Berlie, Berly, Kimly, Kimel, Kimmels, Kimmer, Kimmers, Kimie, Kimmie, Kimy, Kimmy, Kimi, Mimi, Kimberlina

Kimbro, Kimborough, Kimbree, Kim-Lee, Kim-Bee



Meanings and history of the name Kimberly
Famous real-life people named Kimberly

Kim Kardashian West, television personality
Kim Novak, actress
Kimora Lee Simons, designer
Kimberly "Kim" Scott-Matters, Eminem's on-again/off-again ex-wife (twice removed)
Kimberly J. Brown, Disney Channel actress from "Halloweentown: 1 & 2", and "Quintuplets"
Kimberly Davies, Australian Actress on T.V Soap Neighbours.
Kim Carnes is an American singer-songwriter. Born in Los Angeles, California, Carnes now resides in Nashville, Tennessee, where she continues to write music. She began her career as a songwriter in the 1960s, writing for other artists while performing in local clubs and working as a session background singer with the famed Waters sisters. After she signed her first publishing deal with Jimmy Bowen, she released her debut album Rest on Me in 1972. Most popular song "Bette Davis Eyes"
Kim Basinger Born: Kimila Ann "Kim" Basinger is an American actress and former fashion model. In a career spanning nearly four decades, she has appeared in overall thirty-eight feature films, five television movies, and nine television series. Was married to Alec Baldwin for 9 years.
Kimberly "Kim" Diane Keaton Collingsworth, American gospel singer

Kimberly in song, story & screen

*Kimberly Drummond, character on '80s sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" played by Dana Plato
*The song "Kim" by Eminem
*Kim Possible - Disney Channel cartoon show, voiced by Christy Carlson-Ramono
*Kimberly, the adulterous doctor in the tv show Melrose Place
*Kim, character in the movie "Edward Scissorhands" (1990) played by Winona Ryder
*Kimberly aka "Kimber", "Nip/Tuck"
*Kimberly, the Pink Ranger on Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.
*Kimba the White Lion" The animated series was first broadcast in Japan on Fuji Television on January 6, 1965 to March 27, 1968.6 It was the first color TV anime series. In the USA, the TV Cartoon series ran from 1965–77, re-runs until 1980. In 1966, a theatrical version of "Jungle Emperor", which depicted Kimba grown up was then called "Leo". The plot of the movie "Leo" learns that only communication and mutual understanding between animals and humans will bring true peace. Kimba the White Lion had its own theme song called "Kimba".
*"Kimberly's Ghost", song by the band Dope.

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