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Kim

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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 888 252 636
1950 1,083 286 797
1951 2,043 570 1,473
1952 3,649 1,293 2,356
1953 4,309 1,743 2,566
1954 6,100 2,937 3,163
1955 9,174 5,683 3,491 #98 boy name
#75 girl name
1956 12,846 9,891 2,955 #38 girl name
1957 13,407 11,429 1,978 #35 girl name
1958 11,966 10,650 1,316 #40 girl name
1959 12,697 11,592 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 11,529 10,681 848 #39 girl name
1964 10,762 9,983 779 #42 girl name
1965 10,695 10,083 612 #43 girl name
1966 9,745 9,195 550 #43 girl name
1967 7,860 7,404 456 #49 girl name
1968 6,499 6,090 409 #57 girl name
1969 5,810 5,449 361 #66 girl name
1970 5,042 4,726 316 #78 girl name
1971 3,951 3,684 267 #100 girl name
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 1,386 1,249 137
1977 1,216 1,085 131
1978 943 820 123
1979 895 781 114
1980 713 601 112
1981 643 535 108
1982 564 468 96
1983 492 401 91
1984 477 385 92
1985 440 348 92
1986 361 280 81
1987 356 280 76
1988 342 252 90
1989 331 259 72
1990 321 257 64
1991 266 206 60
1992 227 182 45
1993 224 185 39
1994 206 160 46
1995 166 135 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 82 71 11

Fun Facts about the name Kim

  • How many people with the first name Kim have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 214,243 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 1963 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kim ranks 46th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Illinois. Imagine that, 508 babies in Illinois have the same name as you in 1963.
  • 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 Mki. 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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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

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  • Yee
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  • Brown
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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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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Kim" mean? The list below shows the origins of Kim as well as things modernly associated with the name Kim such as celebrities named Kim.

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Origin and Meaning of Kim

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

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

    Notable Persons With the Name Kim

    Kim Jong-un

    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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    Kim Kardashian

    Kim Kardashian is a leading somebody. 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

    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

    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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    Kim Basinger

    Kim Basinger is a noteworthy individual. 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 Yo-jong

    Kim Yo-jong is a leading human. Kim was born on September 26th, 1987 in Pyongyang.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Kim

    Lil' 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

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

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    Daniel Dae Kim

    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 Hyun Kim

    Dong Hyun Kim is an influential human. Dong was born on November 17th, 1981 in Suwon, South Korea.

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    Claudia Kim

    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

    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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    • Yunjin Kim
      (actress)
    • Han Ye-seul
      (actor)
    • Roy Kim
      (singing)
    • Jane Kim
      (civil rights attorney)
    • Nellie Kim
      (gymnast)
    • Andy Kim
      (musician)
    • Lim Kim
      (singing)
    • Hyun-soo Kim
      (athlete)
    • NS Yoon-G
      (singing)
    • Suki Kim
      (novelist)
    • Sung Kim
      (United States Special Envoy for the Six-Party Talks)
    • Jihae Kim
      (singing)
    • Sandra Kim
      (singer)
    • Bobby Kim
      (musician)

    What does the name Kim mean?

    Kis for knowledge, an avid learner

    Iis for instill, the lesson of life.

    Mis for melody, the song of life.

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