Originally a short form of Kimberley, now established as an independent given name. The hero of Rudyard Kipling's novel Kim (1901) bore the name as a short form of Kimball (a surname used as a given name). In recent years, as a girl's name it has been borne by a number of well-known people, including the film stars Kim Novak (b. 1933) and Kim Basinger (b. 1953).
Welsh: variant spelling of Corslett, a name of unexplained etymology said to have been taken to Wales from Germany. The name, also written Cosslett, is currently found in north Wales and nearby Liverpool. This does not have the form of a German name; it may be an unrecognizably altered form of a German name, or it may have reached Germany from somewhere else.