Kimberly (given name)
|Gender||Feminine or Masculine|
|Word/Name||Kimberley, in Northern Cape, South Africa|
|Variant form(s)||Kimberlee, Kimberleigh, Kimberli, Kimberlie (all feminine); Kimberley (unisex)|
|See also||Kimberley, Kimberly (surname)|
|Look up Kimberly in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.|
Kimberly is a unisex given name originated from a South African place. The name was derived from an English title, which was in turn derived from an English place name. A variant spelling of the name is Kimberley, borne by both males and females. The form Kimberly is more common in North America than Kimberley. The given name Kim was originally a short form of Kimberley, but it is now established as an independent name in its own right; this name is also borne by both males and females.
Origin of the given name
The given name Kimberley is derived from the like-named place, Kimberley, in Northern Cape, South Africa. This South African place name was named after a Lord Kimberley, in the 19th century. At the end of the 19th century, this place was the scene of fighting and a British victory during the Second Boer War, and consequently the given name was popularised in the English-speaking world.
The name of Lord Kimberley's title is derived from the like-named place, Kimberley, in Norfolk, England. This place name is derived from two Old English elements: the first is the feminine personal name Cyneburg; the second element is lēah, meaning "wood" or "clearing". The place name roughly means: the "woodland clearing of Cyneburg". This place name was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Chineburlai. The Old English personal name Cyneburg means "royal-fortress".
The variant Kym is also common with males. Kim as a surname is particularly common in Korea.
People with this name
- Kimberley Chen, Australian-born, Taiwanese singer of Malaysian descent.
- Kim Chiu, Filipino actress, singer
- Kimberly Elise, American actress
- Kimberley "Kim" Hughes, Australian cricketer
- Kim Jones (athlete) (born 1958), American long-distance runner
- Kim Jones (artist) (born 1944), American performance artist
- Kim Jones (designer) (born 1979), British menswear designer
- Kim Jones (reporter) (born 1969), American sports reporter
- Kim Jones (tennis player) (born 1957), American tennis player
- Lil' Kim (born 1974), American rap artist, born Kimberly Jones
- Kimberly "Kim" Kardashian, American entertainer
- Kym Marsh, English actress
- Kimberly Matula, American actress
- Kimberley Nixon, Welsh actress
- Kim Novak, American actress, most famous for her performance in Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958)
- Kim O'Brien, American actress active from 1974 to 1987
- Kymberly Pine, State of Hawaii House of Representatives
- Kimberley Rew, English singer-songwriter
- Kimberley Walsh, English singer in the girl band Girls Aloud
- Kimberly Williams-Paisley, American actress
- Kimberly Wyatt, singer, dancer, member of the Pussycat Dolls
- Kimberly Hart in the Power Rangers franchise. The character was portrayed by Amy Jo Johnson through three seasons (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) and two movies (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie and Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie).
- Kimberly "Kim" Pine, a character in Scott Pilgrim
- Kimberly Shaw in Melrose Place played by Marcia Cross
- Kim Possible in the Disney Channel animated cartoon of the same name
- Kimberly Hyde in the Australian soap opera Home and Away
- Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia (2006), A Dictionary of First Names, Oxford Paperback Reference (2nd ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 159, ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1
- Kimberley, Encyclopedia.com, retrieved 8 December 2010 which cited: Mills, A. D. (2003), A Dictionary of British Place-Names, Oxford University Press
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