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My name is Kimberly, but I typically go by Kim. Golly the amount of times I got nicknamed Kim Possible in elementary school is endless (I loved it) lol.
― Anonymous User  10/5/2019
Kim Kardashian ruined this name for me forever.
― Anonymous User  4/1/2019
Sort of sounds like 'crumbly'.
― Anonymous User  12/20/2018
My name is also Kimberly. But everybody calls me Kim, Kimmy or Kimber. I love my name and I love all of those nicknames that my friends gave me.
― Anonymous User  11/10/2018
In 2018, 40 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Kimberly who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 47th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/16/2018
This is the birth name of platinum female rapper Lil' Kim.
futuremother99  9/5/2018
I’ve never liked Kimberly or Kim, but I suppose Kimberly is prettier than the shortened form. I would prefer the spelling “Kimberlie” though. The other spellings look too much like a secretary or something. For other nicknames, “Kimber, ” “Berry, ” or “Berlie” maybe?
― Anonymous User  7/6/2018
Kimberly Guilfoyle - co-host of The Five on Fox. Love her! And she looks so much like Melania Trump, it's scary.
Prime Meridian  6/7/2018
I like the name Kimberly, mainly due to its classic nature and how pretty it is. If you want a better alternative to Kim or Kimmy, try Berry or Berrie, based on the -Ber sound. It sounds really pretty and although it may be a fruit like Apple, it sounds pretty and it sounds nice as well.
DanielRivera  3/26/2018
So I've seen people leaving comments about them meeting people with the name Kimberly and saying they were a bit of a witch and snobby and because there are some famous people named Kim or Kimberly that aren't very... let's just say nice... but my name is Kimberly and I love my name. I was named after the pink Power Ranger by my dad because he said she was beautiful and kind and smart. It doesn't matter what your name is, it matters how you choose to represent it. Just because there is one person that's not nice and has the name, doesn't mean they're the same. And how can a name be childish? The name is supposed to mean royalty and strong wielded.
kimberlyalicia6  2/26/2018
Consider the name Kimbry or Kimbree if you are thinking of Kimberly. It's a form that was used in England as a girl's name going back to the early 1700's, according to records available on I think it's a unique take on the name, one rooted in history, and less apt to to shortened to Kim if the girl doesn't like that as she grows. Kimbra and Kimbro also have this same history. Going back to Tudor England, the name was Kimbrough, Kinborrow, or Cynber/Kimber.
― Anonymous User  10/14/2017
Kimberly is a very nice name and if you had a bad experience with someone named Kimberly, then that's your problem.
― Anonymous User  9/12/2017
Kimberly Michelle Pate, better known by her stage name K. Michelle, is an American R&B singer, songwriter, television personality, guitarist and pianist. In 2009, she signed a deal with Jive Records, which led to her releasing her first R&B-charting single, called "Fakin' It" featuring Missy Elliott. After her first single under Jive, it was followed later by three R&B songs — "Fallin'", "I Just Can't Do This", and "How Many Times" — and all of them have attained their spots on the charts, even before she left the label. In 2012, Michelle garnered further attention by appearing in VH1's reality series Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta. Following her appearance on the show, starring in these shows landed her a new record deal to Atlantic Records, and she later released her long-delayed debut album Rebellious Soul on August 13, 2013. The album saw commercial success, debuting at number 2 on the US Billboard 200, and number one on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.
cutenose  7/1/2017
Kimberly Ann Guilfoyle is an American news personality and former attorney who is currently one of the co-hosts of The Five on Fox News Channel. As of May 2017, Guilfoyle was being considered by President Donald Trump as the administration's White House Press Secretary, but has since announced she has turned it down.
cutenose  6/16/2017
When I was a pre teenager I used to love that name. I don't like it today. It sounds so tacky and pompous to me now. The initial "K" also fell into my concept along the years and I basically can't remember any name with this initial that I like nowadays.
flaviacardozodejesus  2/25/2017
Kimberly Dos Ramos De Sousa is an actress, entertainer, model, and singer from Venezuela. The actress began her career in commercials and promotions on the Venezuelan television station Radio Caracas Television,. She then acted in telenovelas in starring roles on RCTV International such as "Eugenia Alcoy Del Casal" on La Trepadora, and as "Karen Montero" on Que el Cielo Me Explique. She was later known throughout all of Latin America as "Matilda Roman" in the Nickelodeon television series Grachi with her best friend Maria Gabriela de faria.
cutenose  1/27/2017
Consider using the ancient origin of Kimberly, which would be Kimbree, Kinbarra, Kimbro, Kimbra or Kimber. These are closest to the name of the woman saint and princess who started the name, St. Cyneburgha. These options would be nice alternatives if you are naming after a Kimberly or if you are a Kimberly looking for a nickname.

People do automatically shorten the name Kimberly to Kim, which is disappointing to some of us. Why is it more difficult for people to say than other 3-syllable names, such as Emily, Avery, or Marilee? Perhaps people get caught on the hard "ber" sound, or else they are just so used to most Kimberlys being called Kim?

Kim is a nice, short name, but many of us wish we had a 2-syllable option. Something more feminine than Kim, but shorter than Kimberly, so it wouldn't automatically be shortened by others.
kimbersu  12/13/2016
Although I didn't fully appreciate my name until I was in my 20's, I do like my name. It is not childish and it is not reminiscent of a witchy or snobby woman. It is quite entertaining how people can attach such fascinating imagery to a name, though. And utterly disappointing. How would you like it if someone told you that they thought your name was any of these things? It's silly, honestly.

As for the "nicknames" of Kimberly... I personally do not like them for myself. I was called Kim until I graduated high school, but not by my choice. I hated it. To me, it was dull and boring and it didn't "work" with my last name. I started going by Kimberly as soon as I left school. Some people still use Kim and it irritates me. I often ignore them. I think it's impolite, rude, maybe even disrespectful to ignore someone's repeated requests to use a particular name, or title, when addressing them. I always introduce myself as Kimberly. Never have I said, "My name is Kim." So it baffles me why people find it acceptable to shorten my name. If someone introduces themselves to me as say, Francis (m), I'm not going to just call them Frankie. That's rude. I don't call Patricia Pat, or Elizabeth Betty. Why is it so difficult?

Kimberly is a good name. It's not hard to pronounce. It's not ridiculous. It's not "old fashioned." And it certainly isn't plain. I don't necessarily think it's beautiful but it's a good name. Most people remember my name because it's not too terribly common.

Maybe some day I'll be able to add my name to the list of famous Kimberly's, as an artist or an author. ;)
artsyKimberly  11/23/2016
Kimberly sounds too childish in my opinion. I like the nickname Kim though.
Luvbug86  11/5/2016
One of the Baker kids in Cheaper by the Dozen name is Kimberly, and shortens it to Kim.
akg1ltmr  9/30/2016
Someone asked about Kimberlys/Kimberleys born prior to 1954. There were a few girls given the name in the late 1920's, and one or two I found right on before and after the turn of the 20th century in the US. It seems to have really started to take off in the mid-1930's, though it hadn't yet made the top 1000 charts.

Before the 1920's, you see girls with the middle name Kimberly and boys bearing Kimberly as a first or middle name. Do a search on with the first name Kimberly and birth dates around these times, and you get a sense of how the name evolved in its use.

Kimberly seems to be the spelling more widely used among American families before the 20th century, but there were families with the Kimberley spelling as well. For some reason, I see most of the earliest female Kimberlys came from Pennsylvania and California. Early female Kimberleys were seen starting in the 1920's in Texas, but elsewhere too.

Do the same search in England and you see a similar pattern, with the Kimberleys/Kimberlys appearing a bit earlier, closer to 1900 and 1910.

There are robust histories of St. Kyneburgha's influence in both Norfolk (where the Kimberley name was made famous by Lord Kimberley) as well as Gloucester (from where the 18th century ancestor of many of the prominent American men bearing the surname Kimberly hailed.

Rear Admiral Lewis Ashfield Kimberly (April 22, 1830 – January 28, 1902) was an officer in the United States Navy during the American Civil War. Other name websites have pointed out that the Naval ships bearing his name were widely publicized and may have helped popularize Kimberly as a name for girls. If you trace Admiral Kimberly's genealogy back to Gloucester, England, you will see that he shared this ancestor with other Americans who brought the Kimberly name across the North American continent. We had many immigrants from Gloucester, England in the 1700's as they were seeking religious freedom.

That's enough for this post, and I hope other Kimberlys and Kimberleys out there who love history and research can tell us more.
kimbersu  8/10/2016
Kimberly without the "e" is so popular in the US because historically, we have had many families named Kimberly (without the "e"). There are several towns named Kimberly in the US, and it is part of many family trees. The ancestor of many prominent men with the last name of Kimberly, including Admiral Kimberly and the founders of some towns called Kimberly, came from the Gloucestershire, England in the 18th century. So we have many e-free Kimberlys in the US. In England, Lord Kimberley of Norfolk and the Boer War had more of an influence on the naming of Kimberleys. Lovely name, whatever the heritage.
― Anonymous User  8/10/2016
What I find it interesting in all of these posts, is that no one has mentioned the true origination of the name “Kimberley”. This was the name given to the house named “Kimberley Hall” ( that was built in 1712 for Sir John Wodehouse (, _1st_Earl_of_Kimberley) & his wife Lady Florence Fitzgibbon that overlooks the river Tiffey located in Wymondham (town) Norfolk (county) England. This has been a manorial site & deer park since the middle ages and still stands today with tours to the public.

Kimberley became the surname of Sir John Wodehouse when Queen Victoria conferred an earldom upon him in 1866 for recognition of his services as the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. His title became “1st Earl of Kimberley” (1826-1902). In 1870 he became Secretary of State for the Colonies. In South Africa, by proclamation dated July 5, 1873 one of the divisions previously known as ‘New Rush’ & before that known as ‘Transvaal’ was changed to ‘Kimberley’(, _Northern_Cape). Kimberley was a mining town that is noted in history for the Second Boer War (, the Siege of Kimberley ( & of course it’s diamond mining. The Kimberley Diamond Mine is referred to as ‘the Big Hole’ (, _Northern_Cape#The_Big_Hole_and_other_mines) due to the size, as its surface is 42 acres & it is 1, 519.03ft (463m) in diameter with an excavated depth of 784.40ft (240m). The diamonds found in the Kimberley Diamond Mine were formed in a vertical volcanic pipe.

Only since the 20th century did the name Kimberley come to be used as a given (1st) name.

I chose to provide this information to you (that chose to read my diatribe), because I carry the moniker Kimberley and I was named after the Kimberley Diamond Mine in SA. Scottish mother who was all about a name and what it meant & the history that it held. I grew up learning my namesake, the history behind it, why the differences in spelling – ‘ly’ vs ‘ley’, that the initial spelling was “ey” – male spelling, when it died out and when it came back & lastly what countries used it. I grew up answering to Kimberley, Kimothy, Kimi, & Kim. I’m a professional in my 50s & still prefer to go by Kimberley or Kimothy. Family continue to use the name preferred from childhood. I make it a point when providing my name to people that it’s ‘ey’ – the male spelling. It catches their attention & they take note. People need to realize that it’s important to spell an individuals’ name correctly – it’s a personal thing.
KSmile08  5/12/2016
This is my name. I love it; Regal in meaning, sounds very Anglo-Saxon, and just lies between sounding Old World and Modern age.

It's just a pity it's now most associated with, and tainted by, Kim Kardashian. And with her being so prominent in the media, it's use (ie: dilution) will only increase.
― Anonymous User  4/22/2016
I think Kimberly is a great name because it has beauty in it, great for a girl. You should choose to name your child Kimberly because everyone will like the name and enjoy saying it. In fact, my name is Kimberly and I love the name.
― Anonymous User  3/21/2016
My name is Kimberly and I absolutely love it! But I do not like my name shortened to Kim, which is what I was called growing up. As an adult I introduce myself as Kimberly and 90% of people automatically shorten it to Kimberly and this annoys me SO much! And then I feel like an arrogant snob if I'm constantly correcting and insisting on being called Kimberly rather than Kim. I wish there was a way to get this message across more clearly to people without being perceived as stuck up.
I'd love to hear from others who feel the same way about their name Kimberly and how they have learned to handle the situation.
Kimbrulay123  12/20/2015
I think the name Kimberly is one of elegance and grace. Every female that I have ever met with this name was attractive, popular, level headed. Not boastful, vain, self centered. Always made you feel like you were the only person of importance in a group. Very nurturing, and willing to assist in anyway they could. You must be a special woman to live up to this name's stature.
DJS  11/24/2015
My name is Kimberly, I was adopted two weeks before I turned 6 and I wish that my parents had changed my name! I always have hated my name, I just don't like the way it sounds and even though I went by Kim until my late 20's I only use Kimberly now, I guess it's better then Kim, or Kimmy! I just have never ever liked my name at all! I don't know many, nor have I ever known many Kim/Kimberly's/Kimmy's so I assume many moms didn't like the name either. You never see it on the popularity lists EVER so I'd just think long and hard before naming your daughter this name and please don't name your son Kym. I know it can be used for boys or girls but it doesn't fit, okay? So just don't do that to a poor guy! I knew one guy with the name Kym and he changed it the day after he turned 18! He said he always felt like his mom wanted a girl and never thought of a boys name so he just got stuck with the name she had for a girl and just changed the I to a Y in the spelling to make it look more boyish. Also, don't assume you know how to spell our name! There are many different ways, Kimberly which is how my name is spelled but there is Kimberley or Kimberely or Kimbereley or Kimberlee, Kimberlie the list goes on and on so ask :) and if someone, regardless of their name, tells you it's Kimberly, don't take it upon yourself to shorten it to Kim please :) If they wanted to be called Kim they'll tell you their name is Kim not Kimberly and vice versa.
kbmo  10/26/2015
Wow, I just left my comment about MY name! Maybe I should have read the comments first. Listen, regardless if you like the name or not everyone is entitled to their own opinion, even if it differs from yours. NO reason to get into a tiff over a name, seriously?

Now some with this name will love being called Kim, where I hated it. I agree with the person who said it was just meaningless. To me, when you say it you feel like you hit a brick wall. Its just dead, nothing to it, no pretty sound just blah. Kimmy, well that is to me extremely childish sounding and I can't even begin to think of taking an adult with that name seriously. Again, if you have this name and don't care for it you may find one variant of the name that you can live with and if that is Kimmy, to each their own.

I picked Kimberly. It has a ring to it.. it goes well with my middle name Kimberly Beth.. it sounds pretty at least compared to Kim or Kimmy. Sadly my parents and the couple of friends from childhood who knew me as Kim still call me Kim and I hate it but I deal with it.

When I meet new people at work or personal and I introduce myself as Kimberly and then they take it upon themselves to call me Kim after and I have to remind them over and over its Kimberly I get annoyed. As I said earlier if someone tells you their name you're not going to call them something else so don't take it upon yourself to shorten someones name even if they tell you their name is Steven, don't call them Steve. Then I go from them calling me Kim to Kim.. ber.. leeeee like they stutter or just go Kimber like their tongue got caught on their teeth or something. I HATE Kimber, no where is it listed that my name is Kimber.

So some think Kimberly's are snobs and I may even sound like one in this posting but actually Im not. Ive very strong headed and a very strong woman but I am not a snob by any sense of the word. Im one of the funniest nicest people you'd ever meet and I am extremely loyal and honest. I don't think its fair to judge anyone on their name! Dont just a book by the cover or the title folks :)

Ps No matter what anyone says Its MY name and I'll comment on my OWN name all I want and say what I want about my name after all Im the one that has to live with the name and have for the last 48 yrs also its up to me and my choice is Kimberly.
kbmo  10/26/2015
I am 35 years old and my name is Kimberly. I like my name enough. I wouldn't stop someone from using it. I find it is a popular name from the years around my birthdate, 1979.
I do like names that have options.
I use Kimberly professionally.
I use Kim when I have to spell my name to someone, over the phone or for appointments.
I was Kim in school. I do like the ease and simplicity with the name. There is never any pronunciation problems.
When I got married I could use the version that sounded best with my married last name.

I never really dictate Kim, Kimberly, Kimmie. I let people use whichever they prefer although, I never introduce myself as Kimmie, I don't mind it because the only people who call me that are family, close friends or children. Auntie Kimmie is a fun name. It's a sign of affection when someone starts calling me Kimmie.
I had a boyfriend once that called me Kimba, just because I hated it. Obviously he didn't stay a boyfriend too long.
Other than that I was never teased about my name. So I do appreciate that.

I think all versions of the name are fine, I don't love my name but I don't hate it either. I do wish there was a better nickname. I think of the name as similar to Jennifer, just slightly less common.
― Anonymous User  5/8/2015
Kimberly Freeman, (Born in Texas) singer of American punk\metal band One-Eyed Doll.
UoleviH  3/18/2015
Kimberly Caldwell, an American singer, actress, and television hostess.
― Anonymous User  7/27/2014
I am interested in knowing if there are other 'Kimberly's who are older than I am.

My mother, who is usually quite conformist, named me Kimberly in 1954. She had never heard of it being used as the first name of a female. (It was the last name of some close family friends.) She believes that she invented the name for female usage.

Growing up, I absolutely hated it. Other than Kim Novak, the only Kim anyone had ever heard of was Rudyard Kipling's Indian boy. (And there were the "Kimberly Diamond Mines" in Africa.) As a 4-year-old, I was asked what my name was. "Kim," I responded. "What's your other name?" the nice lady asked. "Burly," I responded. Everyone thought this was hilarious. But I felt humiliated by having such an unusual name in the midst of a school-ful of girls named Debbie and Cindy and Susie and Jane.

Over time, I finally learned to embrace my once-unusual name. I'm sad that it became so common in the "80's and '90's. I came to love it right about the time it became annoyingly ubiquitous.

A dear friend once told me that Kimberly means "... of the royal fortress meadow." That is of spiritual significance to me.

Anyway, I hope all of you young Kimberlys will recognize what a relatively recent common name you possess, and be proud of it's history.

And I would LOVE to hear from any female Kimberlys born before 1954!
kta2754  5/5/2014
The name Kimberly is for all ages. When someone is young they are called Kimmie. Then as time goes by, Kim is normally what people call her. My favorite version of this name is Kimerly because it sounds nice. A name doesn't make a person who they are. When we choose a name we choose it for it's beauty. Leave the people we dislike in the past where they belong. Be a good person. Kimerly is the name of a good person. My other favorite is Kimoreena.
Evelynn  4/4/2014
I don't like this name at all. It feels kinda dated and childish, not to mention how common it is -- every school I've ever been to, there were like, ten Kimberly's.
lambless  3/25/2014
My name is Kimberly, as you can (sorta) tell. I love my name, I have met many older Kimberlys but not any of my age. Honestly, I have seen many people on here say that when they think of Kimberly, they think of a snob or someone mean and someone whom talks a lot. Well, I can tell you from my point of view. I'm not loud, not at all. I am one of those people who get picked on because I'm so quiet. Yes, honestly, seeing all these rude comments have hurt my feelings dearly. Just because someone is named something does NOT mean that they are they way you think they are. My name is Kimberly. I am very quiet and shy and I don't have many friends either, but I don't complain because I love the friends I have. I just wish that people wouldn't think so badly of a name. That is kind of over the edge if you think badly about a name and "hate" it so much.
KimmyKat  12/1/2013
Well, my name is Kimberly, and I like it, but I chose the nickname Kimba because Kimberly sounded too formal and all the other ones were too cute. It came from Kimba the White Lion (TV show). My friends call me Kimber occasionally, which I don't like. One friends calls me "Kimberly the elderly" (even though I'm 14!) or "Kimberly the scholarly".
Doodlegirl  10/25/2013
I have a friend called Kimberly (Her nickname is Kim) who hates her name because she thinks its too boring and common. I have to disagree with her, I think it's a great name, very pretty, and sounds intelligent.
Gio123  3/2/2013
This is my birth name/legal name.I ABSOLUTELY HATE IT,
Everywhere I go there are already 6 milion kimberley's, and the nicknames for it are terrible.
Kim... kim is a chinese/korean MALE name. And kimi, which is a finnish male name as well... I'm a GIRL.
StarlessNight  10/3/2012
To the above poster, Kim is actually a name meaning "gold" in Chinese and Korean. It also functions as a surname for both, although it is more common in Korea. And believe it or not it's a unisex name but the other way around, more often used for girls.

This is a really easy name to say but it seems like every girl I've met uses it. I'm surprised it isn't ranked higher, I've probably met more Kims than Janes or Jennys.
EstherTester  2/3/2013
Kimberly Noel Kardashian is a socialite and reality television star. She is known for her high-profile romances, including a 72 day marriage to basketball player Kris Humphries.

In the movie 'Edward Scissorhands,' Kim Boggs is the name of the beautiful girl (played by Winona Ryder) who the main character falls in love with.
mecoyle  8/19/2012
I like my name, it's elegant without being too snooty. I get a lot of Kim and Kimber, but have always hated being called Kimmy, as I think it's just a little childish and girly and never really suited me. American pronunciation is quite different to UK and Aussie tongue, they tend to elongate the "ber" sound, so it sounds like you have a huge prickle in your name. Sorry to any Americans out there, I just love my native pronunciation too much!
― Anonymous User  6/29/2012
Absolutely love the name Kimberly! It's funny how a previous poster mentioned all of the Kims they've met have been "snooty"--the several Kim's I know and have met have been kind, soft-spoken, classy ladies! I'm not so fond of the nickname of Kim, but all in all do like this name.
icybb  5/21/2012
My mom was young when she had me and my Aunt Bonnie named me Kimberly. I have always loved my name. It's pretty and strong. I wish I would have used Kimberly more than plain Kim, when I learned it was also a boy name that was upsetting. There were 3 Kims in kindergarten. It also made you feel better when they called my name because there were 3 of us.
― Anonymous User  1/25/2012
Kimberly Leach (October 28, 1965-February 9, 1978) was the last (and youngest) victim of serial killer Ted Bundy. She was only 12 at the moment of her tragic death.
alberto  1/21/2012
My name is Kimberley, I like it spelt with the 'e' as it looks better in my opinion.
I think Kimberley is a elegant and classy name and I appreciate it more now I am older (I'm 26). I do not know any other Kimberleys, well not personally anyway. I was the only one with this name in my year at school which made it unique.
Definitely a good name to name a girl.
Kimberley  8/19/2011
Whenever I think of the name "Kimberly", I think of a pale little girl with freckled cheeks, greenish-blue eyes, and curly auburn hair hiding behind trees in a thick forest, peeking out shyly.
Black_X  8/19/2011
This is so pretty! I love it!
Joy12  5/3/2011
Rapper Lil Kim, born Kimberly Denise Jones.
― Anonymous User  4/13/2011
The name's alright. I hate the nickname Kimmy though.
Chrila96  1/11/2011
This is a nice name. I've only known one Kimberly (who goes by Kim), and she lives in my dorm. She's a very nice person, makes excellent artwork, and has the deepest voice you'll ever hear on a female!
However, I'll still always associate Kimberly with the Pink Ranger from the Power Rangers. Sorry... I'm a product of the 90s. :-)
erb816  8/10/2010
Love this name. I had a best friend named Kimberly when I was a child. She was one of my best friends and unfortunately moved with her parents out of state (far), but I still remember her. Other than that I really like this name on a girl and how it sounds. "Kim" for short, is also a cool and sophisticate name.
― Anonymous User  7/5/2010
Reminds me of a dumb and sporty girl, but it's still an okay name. I don't like Kim as a nickname, because it's always thought to be a boy's name in my home country.
― Anonymous User  5/4/2010
Kim Gordon is the bassist of the alternative rock band Sonic Youth.
Kim Deal was the bassist of the alternative rock band Pixies, and later formed the Breeders with her sister Kelley.
leylaellen  11/29/2009
I really like the name Kimberly. I don't like the nickname Kim, but Kimmy would be okay when the child is younger, I suppose. After that though, Kimmy would be a horrible nickname, in my opinion.

All in all, I like the name.
JillianNora  6/17/2009
Kimberly is a really pretty name, although some of its beauty has worn off in all its commonness. I hate when people have this name and then insist on being called "Kim." "Kim" just sounds so plain.
Aurora Lynn  4/23/2009
Sounds very childish to me. I picture a little girl who is never quiet.
MoonAgeDaydreamer  1/24/2009
Don't name your daughter this if your last name is Clark. (Sorry, I couldn't resist.)
Kosta  1/20/2009
According to, there are in fact 1,688 people in the U.S. named Kimberly Clark. My apologies to all of these for my previous comment, which was of course not intended seriously anyway. Nevertheless, I deserve 1,688 lashes with a sharpened wet noodle.
Kosta  5/28/2019
It's not a bad name, but give it a rest. I've known so many in my life. It also makes me think of a preppy cheerleader or sorority girl. I also despise Kim Kardashian.
bananarama  8/19/2008
I wish Kimberley were the default spelling of this name--I think the form without the e is only used in the US (you can find many more Kimberleys in Canada and England and probably Australia). Just a personal opinion from a person who everyone assumes must not be able to spell her own name properly because she is named Kimberley in a Kimberly country. It's a small thing, but parents might remember it before naming their daughters--no one will ever spell it correctly if you're American, and she will never have anything with her full name on it that wasn't custom made or purchased elsewhere.
kimmysanders  6/18/2008
I don't like this name. It sounds quite ugly to me, and it doesn't have particularly positive associations to me.
slight night shiver  4/26/2008
In 24 the daughter of the main character, Jack Bauer, is named Kimberly.
Rachelgirl1989  4/26/2008
I love the nicknames Kim and Kimmy, but Kimberly makes me think of Kimberly biscuits.
Clodagh  3/30/2008
This is actually also used as a masculine name, derived from the surname.
Bastien Rosier  2/1/2008
Kimberly is of a noble descent and can mean "royalty", "noble one", coming from a lineage of Royalty. A name given to Royal Family members.
kjrock  10/25/2007
I have a friend named Kimberly. She doesn't like her name, but I do. It is such a sweet and fun name.
melinda1  9/22/2007
My best friend's name is Kimberly, and though I never really disliked the name, It never was one of my favorites. However as I got to know my friend Kim, the name has really grown on me. It is a name a person can really grow with, and make into their own.
sharonrenee  9/9/2007
Actually, I don't particularly like any names for girls beginning with K. And I can't imagine a grown woman being called Kimberly. However, I had a high school friend named Kim and while she was really wild, she was also a lot of fun.
Honeyrose  7/24/2007
Cyneburh/Cyneburga is an Old English name meaning Royal Fortress and that is where the 'Kimber' part of Kimberley comes from. Ley = clearing or field. Kimberley = Cyneburh's Field/Clearing.
― Anonymous User  6/11/2007
I heard that Kimberley meant "King's Meadow". Because the -ley ending means "meadow" and kimber means "King's".
quigonjecca  5/25/2007
Personally, I really dislike this name! In my opinion it's one of the worst of the surname names, and that's saying something.
― Anonymous User  4/1/2007
My sister wants Kimberly for her child. I think it's a ok name but don't really see why it appeals to people.
― Anonymous User  3/24/2007
I have known 2 Kimberly's, one was very nice and the other a real witch. Because of the one that was a witch, I wouldn't use this name. If it wasn't for her I would use this name, it is very pretty and elegant. For someone wanting to use this name I wouldn't worry about it being dated. I don't think it really should matter. I heard the name Kimberlyn and thought that was pretty too.
― Anonymous User  3/23/2007
Kimberly Stewart is a socialite.
flipflops5  3/3/2007
The history is correct, but the meaning actually means, from the royal fortress meadow.
― Anonymous User  10/29/2006
The Pink Power Ranger was named Kimberly.
dani_08  10/29/2006
Kimberly Elise is the daughter of Joan Lunden and Jeff Konigsberg, she is also the twin siter of Jack Andrew.
― Anonymous User  10/29/2006
Well, Kimberly is my birth name. So I want to give a person who wants to use this name my honest opinion. Kimberly does have a very lovely meaning. But a lot of people named Kimberly do not like their name until adulthood. Why is that? For me I didn't like my name when I was younger because of the nicknames that derive from it. Kim for example was very annoying too me. It seemed so masculine and meaningless. Kimmy was too cute and Kimberly was too classy for a stranger to use so I was left with Kim. Also, if you live in the south people will tend to harden the "Ber" in this name. Which drove me crazy as a kid. The best part about this name would be that most people named Kimberly are kind, gentle, and down-to-earth. It has its good and bad traits.
Cyneburga  10/25/2006
A singer in The Pussycat Dolls.
libbygirl  10/21/2006
I absolutely LOVE this name, despite its former popularity. I would love to have a duaghter named Kimberly, but I worry if it's too dated.
1crzychick  10/15/2006
Kimberly is my name and I like it, though I do go by Kim. I don't think that just because it's your name you shouldn't be allowed to have an opinion about it. That's crazy. And honestly? I don't give a darn that there are people who don't like my name. If you hate a name so much it drives you crazy or nutty, then you need some therapy.
KayElleCee  9/29/2006
Please when you talk about a name, don't say I love this name because it's my name. It's a conflict of interest. If my name was "Pencil" I could say "It's a beautiful, stong, and sophisticated name." but I have a conflict of interest because it's my name!

I think the name Kimberly is a childish name. The only thing I like about the name is that one of the nicknames is Kim. Kim is better than Kimberly. I would never name my child Kimberly.

Sorry to all the Kimberlys out there. I don't mean to hurt your feelings. I just really want to get my point across.
― Anonymous User  9/28/2006
I know someone named Kimberly, and to me she's nice, but she's really a stuck-up snob. The variant Kimberlee is nice. Kim drives me batty.
shadex  7/27/2006
My cousin's name is Kimberly. The name is sweet and charming.
blueboy10  7/9/2006
This is the real first name of Gilmore Girl's actress Alexis Bledel.
claraelizabethann  4/19/2006
I can't put my finger on it but there is something about the name Kimberly that makes me hate it. When I hear the name the first thing that comes to mind is the annoying neighbour Kimmy on "Full House".
Missy  4/8/2006
I hate this name. It sounds so tacky. All the Kims I know are so annoying and are little snobs. It is a very childish name.
― Anonymous User  4/7/2006
A famous bearer is actress Kimberly Williams Paisley.
christianchick07  4/6/2006
I really HATE this name. It sounds so irritating to me. Especially,the nickname Kim is the worst. It sounds awfully ugly. I can only have the ugly impression of this name, anyway. It's my personal opinion, though.
― Anonymous User  3/23/2006
It's unfortunate that someone would "HATE" this name (I do however find it interesting that a person could detest a name so much - unless they've had a bad experience with someone bearing a particular name). Kimberly is a strong feminine name. Since many babies are being named unusual, "funky" names (many of which I like so this is not a "slam"), Kimberly may very well become a classic.
― Anonymous User  9/18/2006
Beautiful. A great name.
― Anonymous User  3/17/2006
My name is a variant, Kimberlee. It's actually a pretty rare name, despite being 35th in popularity the year I was born. I've only known one other Kim. Ever.
Tiffany Twisted  3/1/2006
Just like greeneyes, my name is Kimberly, though my mother calls me Kimber. I don't like being called Kimmy, because it gives me the impression of a Barbie doll, which I am not. In Old English, Kimberly means "royalty". I feel so lucky. ^^
Kimber2011  2/20/2006
I really like the name Kimberly too. My sister's name is Kimberly, although I know her as Kim. She's is the best.
BloodyRose  1/25/2006
To anyone considering naming their child Kimberly, it is a truly beautiful and elegant name, and you would have no regrets (obviously, in my opinion). This is my name and I love it (and all of its variants i.e. Kim, Kimmy, Kimber - which I am called). I have often been told that I have a beautiful name and by more than one person that if he/she had had a daughter they would have named her Kimberly. To me, it's feminine, yet strong at the same time (Kim means "chief, ruler"; or in Vietnemese "golden").
greeneyes  7/24/2005

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