Kimberly

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838k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
2k
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Kimberly

"Kimberly" is a name of English origin, and it means "From the meadow of the royal fortress". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Wiktionary

The usual American spelling of the English place name and surname Kimberley.

  1. A surname​.
  2. Any of several places in the US named for persons with the surname.
  3. A female given name popular in the 1960s and the 1970s.

Notable Persons Named Kimberly

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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Alexis Bledel is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1996. Alexis was given the name Kimberly Alexis Bledel on September 16th, 1981 in Houston, Texas, United States.

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Kimberly Guilfoyle is an attorney and television host. Kimberly was given the name Kimberly Ann Guilfoyle on March 9th, 1969 in San Francisco, California, U.S.

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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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Kim Dickens is an actress. Her career lasted from 1995 to 1995. Kim was given the name Kimberly Jan Dickens on June 18th, 1965 in Huntsville, Alabama. U.S.

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Kim Richards is an actress, television personality, and celebrity. She was most prominent from 1970 to 1990. Kim was given the name Kimberly Richards on September 19th, 1964 in Mineola, New York, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Kimberly

Shane and Kimberly is a soap character.

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John Alfred Kimberly was a co-founder and president of the kimberly-clark corporation. John was born on July 18th, 1838 in Troy, New York. He breathed his last breath on January 21st, 1928.

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Lewis Ashfield Kimberly is a military person. His military service ended in 1892.

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Eleazer was born on November 17th, 1639. He passed away on February 3rd, 1709.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1933 7 7 0
1934 6 6 0
1935 7 7 0
1936 5 5 0
1937 6 6 0
1938 11 11 0
1939 11 11 0
1940 19 14 5
1941 24 24 0
1942 25 25 0
1943 18 18 0
1944 26 21 5
1945 27 27 0
1946 135 129 6
1947 266 255 11
1948 344 315 29
1949 400 363 37
1950 484 445 39
1951 583 487 96
1952 1,058 966 92
1953 1,553 1,428 125
1954 2,238 2,094 144
1955 4,038 3,860 178
1956 6,893 6,733 160 #74 girl name
1957 9,603 9,447 156 #42 girl name
1958 10,851 10,711 140 #39 girl name
1959 12,892 12,783 109 #33 girl name
1960 16,950 16,854 96 #26 girl name
1961 17,465 17,354 111 #22 girl name
1962 20,444 20,364 80 #16 girl name
1963 21,324 21,235 89 #11 girl name
1964 24,227 24,129 98 #6 girl name
1965 28,953 28,832 121 #4 girl name
1966 32,346 32,231 115 #2 girl name
1967 33,217 33,100 117 #2 girl name
1968 32,019 31,908 111 #3 girl name
1969 33,199 33,083 116 #4 girl name
1970 34,252 34,138 114 #3 girl name
1971 30,800 30,698 102 #4 girl name
1972 26,387 26,296 91 #4 girl name
1973 23,628 23,532 96 #4 girl name
1974 22,515 22,420 95 #6 girl name
1975 20,343 20,261 82 #7 girl name
1976 19,027 18,966 61 #7 girl name
1977 18,367 18,286 81 #8 girl name
1978 16,952 16,879 73 #13 girl name
1979 17,702 17,638 64 #12 girl name
1980 18,583 18,500 83 #11 girl name
1981 16,743 16,688 55 #13 girl name
1982 16,169 16,096 73 #14 girl name
1983 15,438 15,372 66 #15 girl name
1984 14,503 14,443 60 #22 girl name
1985 14,966 14,912 54 #19 girl name
1986 14,480 14,416 64 #18 girl name
1987 13,086 13,030 56 #21 girl name
1988 11,999 11,946 53 #25 girl name
1989 11,097 11,034 63 #28 girl name
1990 10,229 10,193 36 #31 girl name
1991 9,831 9,801 30 #34 girl name
1992 8,929 8,895 34 #35 girl name
1993 7,993 7,966 27 #39 girl name
1994 8,782 8,745 37 #32 girl name
1995 7,763 7,744 19 #37 girl name
1996 7,200 7,175 25 #41 girl name
1997 6,189 6,181 8 #49 girl name
1998 5,737 5,721 16 #53 girl name
1999 5,469 5,456 13 #51 girl name
2000 5,250 5,240 10 #58 girl name
2001 4,891 4,880 11 #61 girl name
2002 4,797 4,789 8 #63 girl name
2003 4,840 4,824 16 #64 girl name
2004 4,863 4,843 20 #61 girl name
2005 4,758 4,750 8 #63 girl name
2006 5,018 5,006 12 #58 girl name
2007 5,117 5,101 16 #54 girl name
2008 4,824 4,809 15 #57 girl name
2009 4,221 4,221 0 #66 girl name
2010 3,877 3,868 9 #69 girl name
2011 3,804 3,804 0 #67 girl name
2012 3,321 3,311 10 #88 girl name
2013 3,102 3,097 5
2014 2,895 2,895 0
2015 2,842 2,836 6
2016 2,321 2,321 0

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Popularity of Kimberly as a first name

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Popularity of Kimberly as a last name

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Common last names for Kimberly

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Miller
  • Wilson
  • Davis
  • Moore
  • Thomas
  • Taylor
  • King
  • Clark
  • Scott
  • Anderson
  • White
  • Robinson
  • Martin

Common first names for Kimberly

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Kimberly U.S.
  White 89.08% 64.26%
  African American 3.71% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.20% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.58% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.44% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.99% 16.26%

Of Last Name Kimberly

People with the last name Kimberly are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Kimberly

  • How Popular is the name Kimberly? Kimberly is the 56th most popular name of all time. As a last name Kimberly was the 14,382nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Kimberly have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 837,574 babies born with the first name Kimberly in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kimberly to occupy the country of Guyana with an estimated population of 784,894 (as of July 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kimberly? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1933 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Kimberly first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kimberly is Sunday, May 19th, 1895.
  • What year had the most people named Kimberly born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kimberly was in 1970 with a total of 34,138 babies. That's a lot of babies named Kimberly!
  • Random Kimberly Factoid: According to the 1996 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kimberly ranks 71st in popularity as a baby girl's name in District of Columbia. Imagine that, 15 babies in District of Columbia have the same name as you in 1996.
  • Weird things about the name Kimberly: Your name in reverse order is Ylrebmik. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Bkryeiml. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Kimberly? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,078 people with the last name Kimberly.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kimberly? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Kimberly as their last name since less than 1 person in 143k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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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