Kimberley

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Etymology[edit]

English place name "wood or clearing of Kyneburg (a seventh century female saint)", from Old English cyne (royal) + burh (fortress) + lēag (leigh, clearing).

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Proper noun[edit]

Kimberley (plural Kimberleys)

  1. Any of several places, notably a city in South Africa, noted for diamond mining.
  2. A habitational surname​.
  3. A male given name derived from the surname or the place name (site of a battle in the Boer Wars).
  4. A female given name popular in the 1960s and the 1970s, more often spelled Kimberly.
    • 1991 Don DeLillo, Mao II, Viking, ISBN 0670839043, page 16
      It will take some getting used to, a husband named Kim. She has known girls named Kim since she was a squirt in a sunsuit. Quite a few really. Kimberleys and plain Kims.

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