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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Lim
A limb.

Etymology: See Limb


From Korean, including 임 (Im), 林 or 任; 림 (Lim, Rim), 林.

  1. A surname​.

Borrowing from Min Nan .

  1. A surname​.

    Lim was also found in the following language(s): Tagalog

    Notable Persons Named Lim

    Lim Ju-hwan is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 2004. Lim was born on May 18th, 1982 in South Korea. Lim is also known as Im Joo-hwan, Im, and Joo-hwan.


    Lim Ji-yeon is an actor and actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2010 to present. Lim was born on June 23rd, 1990 in Seongdong District.


    Lim Ju-eun is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 2005. Lim was born on January 7th, 1988 in South Korea. Lim is also known as Im Joo-eun, Im, and Joo-eun.


    Beenzino is a hip hop music and korean hip hop rapping, record producer, and master of ceremonies. He has been prominent since 2009. Beenzino was given the name Lim Sungbin on September 12th, 1987.


    Lim Guan Eng is a 5th Secretary-General ofDemocratic Action Party, and Penang State. He has been prominent since 2008. Lim was born on December 8th, 1960 in Johor Bahru, Johor, Federation of Malaya.


    Lim Kim is a k-pop, indie pop, and folk rock singing. She plays Vocals. She was most active from 2011 to present. Lim was given the name Kim Ye-rim on January 21st, 1994 in South Korea. Lim is also known as Kim Ye-rim, 김예림, and 金藝琳.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Lim

    Peter Lim is a businessman and investor. Peter was born in 1953. Peter is also known as 林榮福.


    Xian Lim is an actor, model (people), singing, model, and singer. Xian was given the name Alexander Xian Lim on July 12th, 1989 in San Francisco.


    Alize was born on July 13th, 1990 in Paris, France.


    Pik-Sen Lim is an actor and actress. Her ongoing career started in 1964. Pik-Sen was given the name Lim Phaik-Seng on September 15th, 1944 in Penang.


    Phillip was given the name Pheng Lim on September 16th, 1973 in Thailand.


    Poon was born on March 8th, 1918 in Hainan. He died on January 4th, 1991.


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    Popularity of Lim as a last name

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    Common last names for Lim

    • Lee
    • Wong
    • Fong
    • Yee
    • Eng
    • Ng

    Common first names for Lim

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Lim U.S.
      White 2.86% 64.26%
      African American 0.23% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 92.24% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.04% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 3.04% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 1.59% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Lim

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

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    Fun Facts about the name Lim

    • How Popular is the name Lim? Lim is the 55,148th most popular name of all time. As a last name Lim was the 936th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Lim have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 30 babies born with the first name Lim in the United States.
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Lim? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1885 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
    • When was Lim first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Lim is Wednesday, October 25th, 1871.
    • What year had the most people named Lim born? The highest recorded use of the first name Lim was in 1900 with a total of 7 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Lim: Your name in reverse order is Mil. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Mli. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Lim? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 37,021 people with the last name Lim.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Lim? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 13 of them will have Lim as their last name.

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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).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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