Usage: Kim is a very popular first name. It is more often used as a girl (female) name.
People having the name Kim are in general originating from Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vietnam.
For another variant of the name Kim across the world, see Kimble.
Meaning: Regal hill, Ruler
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N.B. Sometimes it happens that another name has the same meaning. There is nothing surprising in this: both names have the same origin or the same numbers of numerology.
The Growth number corresponding to this first name is 6.
Qualities: Romantic, Nurturing
Ruling planet: Venus
The name Kim is ranked on the 73rd position of the most used names. It means that this name is very frequently used.
We estimate that there are at least 5787200 persons in the world having this name which is around 0.08% of the population. The name Kim has three characters. It means that it is relatively short-length, compared to the other names in our database.
The graph below represents the number of people who were given the name Kim for each year since 1900 in the U.S.A.:
We do not have a name day for Kim.
History and Origin
Kim is a male or female given name. It is also used as a diminutive or nickname for names such as Kimberly, Kimberley, Kimball, Kimiko, or Joakim.
A notable use of the name was the fictional street urchin Kimball O'Hara in Rudyard Kipling's book Kim. From the early 1900s till the 1960s the name Kim was used in English-speaking countries mostly for boys because of the popularity of this book. Another use of the name in literature is in the opening of Edna Ferber's 1926 novel Show Boat. Magnolia, the female protagonist, names her baby daughter Kim because she was born at the moment when the Cotton Blossom show boat was at the convergence on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers where the states of Kentucky, Illinois and Missouri join giving the acronym KIM. In the 1936 film version of the musical Show Boat, Magnolia's father claims to have invented the name based on the same acronym. Magnolia's mother comments, "Kim, that ain't no name." Despite the popularity of the novel and musical, girls were seldom given the name until the 1960s, but it has since become more common for them than for males.
In Scandinavia and Russia Kim is a diminutive/nickname for Joachim.
1 (f., m) English: originally a male name, a short form of Kimberley, but now much more common than the latter and nearly always a female name. It has become established as an independent name in its own right. The hero of Rudyard Kipling's novel Kim (1901) bore the name as a short form of Kimball (a surname used as a given name).
2 (m.) Scandinavian: aphetic short form of joakim (see Joachim).
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