Kimberly

Kimberly in an English given name derived from a place name. The second element of the name comes from Old English leah meaning “wood, clearing, meadow” while the first part comes from Old English given names Cyneburga (royal fortress), Cynebald (royal, bold) or Cynemaer (royal, famous), so Kimberly means “Cyneburga’s wood/clearing”, “Cynebald’s wood/clearing” or “Cynemaer’s wood/clearing”. It was once used as a male name before becoming more popular for women.

Nicknames: Kim, Kimber, Kimmy/Kimmie

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

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Variants:

  • Kimberley (English)
  • Kimber (English)
  • Kimbra (English)
  • Kimberleigh (English)
  • Kimberlee (English)

 

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