Kim (given name)

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Kim
Gender Unisex
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Kim is a male or female given name. It is also used as a diminutive or nickname for names such as Kimberly, Kimberley, Kimball, Kimiko, or Joakim.

A notable use of the name was the fictional street urchin Kimball O'Hara in Rudyard Kipling's book Kim, published in 1901.

The name is also found in the opening of Edna Ferber's 1926 novel Show Boat. Magnolia, the female protagonist, names her baby daughter Kim; the name was inspired by the convergence of the three states - Kentucky, Illinois, and Missouri - where the child was born.

In the period between the 1900's and the 1960's, the name Kim was mainly given to boys, despite the use of this name for both male and female characters in popular literature and, later, movies of the time.[1]

In Scandinavia Kim can be a diminutive/nickname for Joakim/Joachim, but more often a male name in its own right.[citation needed]

In Russia Ким (Kim) is also a diminutive/nickname of Ioakim (Russian: Иоаким)[2] after Joachim. In the early Soviet era, it was also explained as the acronym for Коммунистический Интернационал Молодёжи (Young Communist International).

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