Kimberly: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Kimberly

Kimberly

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.

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Comments and insights on the name Kimberly: | Edit

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: | Edit

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, paper work and etc. Kind of a pain!

To the above: Are you Kim Fisher?

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:)

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. Just like all Pamela's are called Pam. I think shortening a beautiful name spoils it. They should leave these beautiful names alone.

Nicknames for Kimberly: | Edit

Kim, Kimchi, Kimber, Kimbers, Berlie, Berly, Kimly, Kimel, Kimmels, Kimmer, Kimmers, Kimie/Kimmie/Kimy/Kimmy/Kimi/ Kimmie, Kimi-San/Sue/Lou/Boo/Rue/Q/Jo/Ko/Rae/Lynn/Marie/Lee/Bee,

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Famous real-life people named Kimberly: | Edit

Kim Kardashian, 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.

Kimberly in song, story & screen: | Edit

*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
*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.

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