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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Nim
To take; to steal; to filch.

Etymology: AS. niman. √7. Cf. Nimble

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Game in which matchsticks are arranged in rows and players alternately remove one or more of them; in some versions the object is to take the last remaining matchstick on the table and in other versions the object is to avoid taking the last remaining matchstick on the table

From Middle English nimen (“to take”), from Old English niman (“to take”), from Proto-Germanic *nemaną (“to take”), from Proto-Indo-European *nem- (“to give or take one's due”). Cognate with West Frisian nimme (“to take”), Low German nehmen (“to take”), Dutch nemen (“to take”), German nehmen (“to take”), Danish nemme (“to learn, grasp”). Related to numb, nimble.

  1. A game in which players take turns removing objects from heaps.

nim was also found in the following language(s): Gothic, Lojban, Lower Sorbian, Polish, Portuguese, and Volapük

Notable Persons Named Nim

Nim was born on August 2nd, 1925 in Huddersfield. He passed away on June 25th, 1972.


Nim Dorjee Tamang is a soccer player for the Shillong Lajong F.C. and India national under-17 football team. Nim was born on October 30th, 1995 in Melli, Sikkim, India.


Nim Lepcha is a soccer player for the United Sikkim F.C. Nim was born on November 1st, 1989 in Dzongu, Sikkim, India.


Nim Bunna is an athlete for the Sparta Cambodia FC.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Nim

Hu was born on July 25th, 1932 in Kampong Cham Province. He left this life on July 6th, 1977.



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Popularity of Nim as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Nim U.S.
  White 6.49% 64.26%
  African American 1.26% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 90.17% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.67% 16.26%

Of Last Name Nim

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

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Fun Facts about the name Nim

  • How Popular is the name Nim? Nim is the 56,302nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Nim was the 44,872nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Nim have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 28 babies born with the first name Nim in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Nim? 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 Nim first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Nim is Monday, October 12th, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Nim born? The highest recorded use of the first name Nim was in 1925 with a total of 7 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Nim: Your name in reverse order is Min. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nim. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Nim? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 478 people with the last name Nim.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Nim? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Nim as their last name since less than 1 person in 625k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • 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)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.