If your name is Kimberly, you thrive on adventure and excitement. You are fiercely independent, and you love to seek out new experiences and new people. You also use your creativity and ambition to seek to do amazing things! You are anything but ordinary. Your thirst for newness and change might cause you to lose interest in your ideas once they begin to seem boring and routine, so your challenge is to hold on to your interest until you can see things through to the end.
You have learned that you must have your freedom in order to be happy, and those who love you also know that it’s not better to stand in your way. Once you make up your mind, there you go! Speaking of your mind, you’ve got a good one . . . you’re always quick with a clever response to any problem or concern. You sometimes need to be careful, though, not to be too quick and impulsive. These traits could lead you to make mistakes that you later regret or to misunderstandings with people you care about. But in general, everyone loves to be around you . . . you’ve got a sparkling energetic personality and you get the most out of every single day!
The name Kimberly actually comes from the surname of Lord Kimberley (1862-1902), which in turn comes from an Old English first name for girls—“Ceneburg” meaning “royal fortress” and “leah” meaning “wood or clearing.” Lord Kimberley’s name was given to the city of Kimberley in South Africa, which became well-known during the late 19th century during the Boer War, a South African rebellion against the rule of the British. The name Kimberly without the “e” before the “y” became popular as a first name for girls starting in the mid-20th century.
Kimberly came in to popular usage as a girls’ name in the United States in 1946. By the mid-1950s, it was a Top 100 most popular name, and it has been so ever since. Kimberly’s popularity peaked in the 1960s and 70s and in 1966 and 1967, it actually reached number two in popularity. Other popular forms include Kimberley, Kim, and Kimber.
The list of famous Kimberlys includes several actresses, notably Kimberly “Kim” Basinger, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Kimberly McCullough, Kimberly “Kim” Novak, and Kimberly J. Brown. Well-known television personality Kimberly “Kim” Kardashian, journalist Kimberly Dozier, and musician Kimberly “Lil’ Kim” Denise Jones round out the list.