The first name Kimberly is female and male.
The given name Kimberly derived from the name of the South African city Kimberley, that was named after the English Lord Kimberley (1826-1902). Besides, Kimberly is a feminine variant transcription of the masculine name Kimball.
The name Kimberly is a combination of the name Cyneburg and the Old English word “lēah”. Cyneburg means “royal fortress” (from Old English “cyne” = royal + “burg” = fortress) and “lēah” means “woodland” or “clearing”. Thus, Kimberly means “of the clearing of the royal fortress”. Deriving from Kimball, Kimberly means “bold king” or “warrior chief”.