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Kim

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Kim

"Kim" is a name of English origin, and it means "Short form of Kimberly or Kimball". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

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    Kim was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Dutch, German, Norwegian, Swedish, and Vietnamese

    Notable Persons Named Kim

    Kim Jong-un is a First Chairman of the, First Secretary of the, Supreme Commander of the, Chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea, Deputy to the, Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea, First . Kim was born on January 8th, 1983 in Pyongyang.

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    Her ongoing career started in 2007. Kim was given the name Kimberly Noel Kardashian on October 21st, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. Kim is also known as Kim Kardashian West.

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    Kim Jong-il was a General Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, Chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea, Chairman of the National Defence Commission, Deputy to the, Head of the Organization, Guidance Department of the Workers' Part. His military service ended in 2011. Kim was born on February 16th, 1941. He breathed his last breath on December 17th, 2011.

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    Kim Il-sung was an eternal president of the republic. His military service ended in 1945. Kim was born on April 15th, 1912 in Pyongyang. Kim is also known as Kim Ilsong, Gim Il-seong, 김일성, and 金日成. He passed away on July 8th, 1994.

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    She was most active from 1971 to 1971. Kim was given the name Kimila Ann Basinger on December 8th, 1953 in Athens, Georgia.

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    Kim was born on September 26th, 1987 in Pyongyang.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Kim

    Lil' Kim is a rapper, songwriter, actress, philanthropist, and model. She has had major accomplishments since 1994. Lil' was given the name Kimberly Denise Jones on July 11th, 1974 in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

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    Gail Kim is a wrestler. Gail was born on February 20th, 1977 in Toronto.

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    Daniel Dae Kim is an actor, director, and producer. He has been prominent since 1992. Daniel was born on August 4th, 1968 in Busan, South Korea.

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    Dong was born on November 17th, 1981 in Suwon, South Korea.

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    Claudia Kim is an actor and actress. She has been prominent since 2005. Claudia was given the name Kim Soo-hyun on January 25th, 1985 in South Korea. Claudia is also known as Soo-hyun, Uriel, and Kim.

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    Jim Yong Kim is a 12th President of theWorld Bank Group, and 17th President of Dartmouth College. Jim was born on December 8th, 1959 in Seoul.

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    How popular is the baby name Kim in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
    1912 5 0 5
    1913 7 0 7
    1914 5 5 0
    1915 5 0 5
    1917 5 5 0
    1918 5 0 5
    1920 5 5 0
    1921 7 0 7
    1922 10 0 10
    1923 13 6 7
    1924 17 9 8
    1925 8 8 0
    1926 19 9 10
    1927 16 7 9
    1928 7 0 7
    1929 21 13 8
    1930 16 9 7
    1931 28 17 11
    1932 35 14 21
    1933 37 14 23
    1934 40 16 24
    1935 44 20 24
    1936 77 27 50
    1937 83 25 58
    1938 74 34 40
    1939 85 33 52
    1940 97 31 66
    1941 92 38 54
    1942 146 58 88
    1943 164 59 105
    1944 219 84 135
    1945 265 77 188
    1946 597 190 407
    1947 789 255 534
    1948 748 238 510
    1949 889 253 636
    1950 1,082 286 796
    1951 2,046 571 1,475
    1952 3,648 1,292 2,356
    1953 4,307 1,742 2,565
    1954 6,103 2,937 3,166
    1955 9,173 5,683 3,490 #98 boy name
    #75 girl name
    1956 12,846 9,891 2,955 #38 girl name
    1957 13,404 11,428 1,976 #35 girl name
    1958 11,969 10,651 1,318 #40 girl name
    1959 12,698 11,593 1,105 #35 girl name
    1960 13,632 12,474 1,158 #34 girl name
    1961 12,467 11,366 1,101 #36 girl name
    1962 12,571 11,656 915 #37 girl name
    1963 11,531 10,683 848 #39 girl name
    1964 10,760 9,981 779 #42 girl name
    1965 10,695 10,083 612 #43 girl name
    1966 9,744 9,194 550 #43 girl name
    1967 7,860 7,404 456 #49 girl name
    1968 6,499 6,090 409 #57 girl name
    1969 5,812 5,451 361 #66 girl name
    1970 5,045 4,727 318 #78 girl name
    1971 3,949 3,682 267
    1972 2,962 2,742 220
    1973 2,377 2,194 183
    1974 2,097 1,936 161
    1975 1,644 1,480 164
    1976 1,387 1,250 137
    1977 1,216 1,085 131
    1978 945 822 123
    1979 892 778 114
    1980 714 602 112
    1981 644 536 108
    1982 563 467 96
    1983 492 401 91
    1984 478 386 92
    1985 440 348 92
    1986 361 280 81
    1987 356 280 76
    1988 342 252 90
    1989 331 259 72
    1990 322 257 65
    1991 266 206 60
    1992 227 182 45
    1993 224 185 39
    1994 206 160 46
    1995 167 136 31
    1996 177 130 47
    1997 130 110 20
    1998 126 102 24
    1999 162 133 29
    2000 134 116 18
    2001 126 100 26
    2002 125 111 14
    2003 101 84 17
    2004 109 91 18
    2005 86 73 13
    2006 95 85 10
    2007 114 104 10
    2008 70 63 7
    2009 65 48 17
    2010 61 52 9
    2011 57 50 7
    2012 100 91 9
    2013 70 62 8
    2014 88 69 19
    2015 83 72 11
    2016 59 52 7

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    Popularity of Kim as a first name

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    Popularity of Kim as a last name

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    Common last names for Kim

    • Lee
    • Wong
    • Smith
    • Williams
    • Johnson
    • Nguyen
    • Miller
    • Tran
    • Jones
    • Anderson
    • Yee
    • Davis
    • Brown
    • Thomas
    • Taylor
    • Wilson
    • Harris
    • Ng

    Common first names for Kim

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Kim U.S.
      White 2.52% 64.26%
      African American 0.39% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 94.47% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.02% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.96% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 0.65% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Kim

    People with the last name Kim are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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    Fun Facts about the name Kim

    • How Popular is the name Kim? Kim is the 345th most popular name of all time. As a last name Kim was the 77th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Kim have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 214,312 babies born with the first name Kim in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kim to occupy the country of Samoa with an estimated population of 186,340 (as of November 7, 2011).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kim? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1912 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Kim first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kim is Wednesday, June 26th, 1872.
    • What year had the most people named Kim born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kim was in 1960 with a total of 12,474 babies. That's a lot of babies named Kim!
    • Random Kim Factoid: According to the 1956 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kim ranks 66th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Nevada. Imagine that, 10 babies in Nevada have the same name as you in 1956.
    • Weird things about the name Kim: Your name in reverse order is Mik. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Kmi. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Kim? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 262,352 people with the last name Kim.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kim? Kim was ranked as the 77th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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