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Alternative forms[edit]


  • From the name of a 7th-century English female saint, Kyneburga or Cyneburh, Old English cyne (royal) + burh (fortress).
  • English: probably a habitational name from East and West Kimber in the parish of Northlew in Devon, so named from Old English cempa (warrior) (or the Old English personal name Cempa) + bearn (grove/wood). It may also be an altered form of Kimbrough. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Kinberg.[1]

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A matronymic surname​.
  2. A female given name of modern usage, transferred back from the surname.
    • 1990 Terry Brooks, The Scions of Shannara, Ballantine Books 1990, page 14:
      When Brin Ohmsford had come into Darklin Reach three hundred years earlier, Hearthstone had been the home of Cogline and the child he claimed as his granddaughter, Kimber Boh.

Related terms[edit]


  1. ^ Kimber Family and Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press