(sometimes spelled as Kimberley),
originally used as an English
, is both a male and female given name
Origin and Meaning
It is of Old English
origin, and its
meaning is Cyneburg's field
and is commonly used as a
and also a surname. Other
proposed origins include forest
from the meadow/fortress.
meaning is 'the wood of Cynemaer' and theModern English
meaning is 'diamond'.
Kimberly is interesting both historically and eytmologically. It
comes from the Old English words 'cyne' meaning royal and 'maer'
meaning fame, which together made the name 'Cynemaer'. An early person named
Cynemaer gave his name to a 'lea' (a wood, grove, clearing, hill,
lea or meadow) which them named a town in Nottinghamshire Kimberley.
This town was originally called
Chinemarelie.Another Cynemaer named his town in Norfolk
Chineburlai, which is Kimberley today.
From the naming of these towns, the town name began its use as a
, which is an early type of surname.
It was then used as the modern surname.