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Kim name meaning

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262k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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What does the name Kim mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Kim

User Submitted Origins

Korean
52%
English
41%
Vietnamese
5%
Swedish
2%

User Submitted Meanings

  1. A submission from Korea, Republic of says the name Kim means "'gold', and was spread because of one family that ruled during the Silla Kingdom" and is of Korean origin.
  2. 2 people from South Africa and the United Kingdom agree the name Kim is of English origin and means "' GIFT OF GOD' '".
  3. According to 2 people from India and the United States, the name Kim is of Korean origin and means "Gold".
  4. According to a user from California, U.S., the name Kim means "Gold, Wealthy, Steel(Metal), Strong and Everlasting".
  5. A user from Cambodia says the name Kim is of Cambodian origin and means "Given by god".
  6. 2 submissions from the United Kingdom and Philippines agree the name Kim means "Bright" and is of English / Korean origin.
  7. According to a user from India, the name Kim means "Bold family".
  8. According to a user from New York, U.S., the name Kim means "Leader".
  9. According to a user from Ireland, the name Kim is of Korean origin and means "dried seaweed".
  10. A submission from the United Kingdom says the name Kim means "Royal Forest" and is of Vietnamese origin.
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  1. A diminutive of the male given names Kimball or Kimberley, transferred from the surname.
  2. A diminutive of the female given names Kimberly or Kimberley, transferred from the surname, of 1940s and later usage.
  • Kimball
  • Kimberley / Kimberly
  1. A diminutive of the male given names Kimball or Kimberley, transferred from the surname.
  2. A diminutive of the female given names Kimberly or Kimberley, transferred from the surname, of 1940s and later usage.

Korean 김 or 金 (gim or 金)

  1. A Korean surname​, the English form of a surname very common in Korea. (김 (Gim), hanja: 金), the most common Korean surname.

    Kim was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Dutch, German, Norwegian, Swedish, and Vietnamese

    Notable Persons Named Kim

    Notable Persons Named Kim

    Kim Jong-un

    Kim Jong-un is a First Chairman of the, First Secretary of the, Supreme Commander of the, Chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea, Deputy to the, Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea, First . Kim was born on January 8th, 1983 in Pyongyang.

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    Kim Kardashian

    Her ongoing career started in 2007. Kim was given the name Kimberly Noel Kardashian on October 21st, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. Kim is also known as Kim Kardashian West.

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    Kim Jong-il

    Kim Jong-il was a General Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, Chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea, Chairman of the National Defence Commission, Deputy to the, Head of the Organization, Guidance Department of the Workers' Part. His military service ended in 2011. Kim was born on February 16th, 1941. He breathed his last breath on December 17th, 2011.

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    Kim Il-sung

    Kim Il-sung was an eternal president of the republic. His military service ended in 1945. Kim was born on April 15th, 1912 in Pyongyang. Kim is also known as Kim Ilsong, Gim Il-seong, 김일성, and 金日成. He passed away on July 8th, 1994.

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    Kim Basinger

    She was most active from 1971 to 1971. Kim was given the name Kimila Ann Basinger on December 8th, 1953 in Athens, Georgia.

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    Kim Yo-jong

    Kim was born on September 26th, 1987 in Pyongyang.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Kim

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Kim

    Lil' Kim

    Lil' Kim is a rapper, songwriter, actress, philanthropist, and model. She has had major accomplishments since 1994. Lil' was given the name Kimberly Denise Jones on July 11th, 1974 in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

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    Gail Kim

    Gail Kim is a wrestler. Gail was born on February 20th, 1977 in Toronto.

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    Daniel Dae Kim

    Daniel Dae Kim is an actor, director, and producer. He has been prominent since 1992. Daniel was born on August 4th, 1968 in Busan, South Korea.

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    Dong Hyun Kim

    Dong was born on November 17th, 1981 in Suwon, South Korea.

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    Claudia Kim

    Claudia Kim is an actor and actress. She has been prominent since 2005. Claudia was given the name Kim Soo-hyun on January 25th, 1985 in South Korea. Claudia is also known as Soo-hyun, Uriel, and Kim.

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    Jim Yong Kim

    Jim Yong Kim is a 12th President of theWorld Bank Group, and 17th President of Dartmouth College. Jim was born on December 8th, 1959 in Seoul.

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    • Yunjin Kim
      Actress
    • Han Ye-seul
      Actor
    • Roy Kim
      Singing
    • Jane Kim
      Civil Rights Attorney
    • Nellie Kim
      Gymnast
    • Andy Kim
      Musician
    • Lim Kim
      Singing
    • Hyun-soo Kim
      Athlete
    • NS Yoon-G
      Singing
    • Suki Kim
      Novelist
    • Sung Kim
      United States Special Envoy for the Six-Party Talks
    • Jihae Kim
      Singing
    • Sandra Kim
      Singer
    • Bobby Kim
      Musician

    Common last names for Kim

    • Lee
    • Wong
    • Smith
    • Williams
    • Johnson
    • Nguyen
    • Miller
    • Tran
    • Jones
    • Anderson
    • Yee
    • Davis
    • Brown
    • Thomas
    • Taylor
    • Clark
    • King
    • Martin

    Common first names for Kim

    • Young
    • Yong
    • Jung
    • Soon
    • Chong
    • Chang
    • Kyung
    • Sang
    • Sun
    • Jong
    • Dong
    • Bong
    • Bok
    • In
    • Tae
    • K

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Kim U.S.
      White 2.52% 64.26%
      African American 0.39% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 94.47% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.02% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.96% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 0.65% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Kim

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

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    Fun Facts about the name Kim

  1. What name lists does Kim rank for?
  2. How Popular is the name Kim? Kim is the 355th most popular name of all time. As a last name Kim was the 77th most popular name in 2010.
  3. How many people with the first name Kim have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 214,479 babies born with the first name Kim in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kim to occupy the country of Samoa with an estimated population of 186,340 (as of November 7, 2011).
  4. What year were 5 or more babies first named Kim? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1912 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  5. When was Kim first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kim is Wednesday, June 26th, 1872.
  6. What year had the most people named Kim born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kim was in 1960 with a total of 12,473 babies. That's a lot of babies named Kim!
  7. Random Kim Factoid: According to the 1969 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kim ranks 96th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Nevada. Imagine that, 10 babies in Nevada have the same name in 1969.
  8. Weird things about the name Kim: The name spelled backwards is Mik. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Ikm. How do you pronounce that?
  9. How many people have the last name Kim? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 262,352 people with the last name Kim.
  10. How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kim? Kim was ranked as the 77th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
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