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).
English: variant spelling of Harcombe, a habitational name from either of two places in Devon and Hampshire so named, probably from Old English hara ‘hare’ + cumb ‘valley’, or from various minor places named with this word, such as Harcomb Bottom in Devon and Gloucestershire, both named with Old English heorot ‘hart’ + cumb.