Kimberly (given name)
|Word/name||Combination of Kimber and leigh|
|Variant form(s)||Kimberlee, Kimberleigh, Kimberli, Kimberlie, Kimberley|
|See also||Kimberley (surname)|
Kimberly is a female given name of Old English origin. John Wodehouse, 1st Earl of Kimberley, a place in Norfolk, England, popularised the name by giving it to a town in South Africa and a region in Australia. The first element, Kimber, reflect various Old English personal names; in the case of the Earldom in Norfolk this first appeared as Chineburlai in 1086 and seems to mean "clearing of a woman called Cyneburg". The second element is the Old English leah or leigh "meadow, clearing in a woodland". A variant spelling of the name is Kimberley.
Origin of the given name
The given name Kimberley is derived from place of 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 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.
The common Korean surname Kim is not related to Kimberley.
People with this name
- Kimberley Chen, Australian-born, Taiwanese singer of Malaysian descent.
- Kim Chiu, Filipino actress, singer
- Kim Coates (born 1958), Canadian actor
- Kimberly Davis, Rett syndrome advocate and wrestler who goes by the stage name "Amber O'Neal"
- Kimberley Dayle Edwards, a.k.a. Kitty Brucknell, English singer-songwriter
- Kimberly Elise, American actress
- Kimberly Guilfoyle, American TV news reporter
- Kimberly Goss (born 1978), American singer of Korean descent
- Kimberley "Kim" Hughes, Australian cricketer
- Kimberly "Kim" Kardashian, American entertainer
- Kym Marsh, English actress
- Kim Matula, American actress
- Kimberley Nixon, Welsh actress
- Kim Novak, American actress
- Kim O'Brien, American actress
- 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, member of The Pussycat Dolls
- Kimberly Bauer, a character in the television series 24
- Kimberly Corman, a character in the film Final Destination 2
- Kimberly Hart, a character in the Power Rangers franchise
- Kimberly Hyde, a character in the television series Home and Away
- Kim Pine, a character in the series of graphic stories Scott Pilgrim
- Kim Possible, a character in the television series of the same name
- Kimberly Shaw in the television series Melrose Place
- 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, Online Etymology Dictionary
- 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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