Kim History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Kim comes from the ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland's west coast and Hebrides islands. It comes from the personal name Simon, or from Sim, which is a diminutive form of that name. The Gaelic forms of the name are Mac Shim, meaning son of Sim. or Mac Shimidh, meaning son of Simon.

Early Origins of the Kim family

The surname Kim was first found in the Isle of Bute, in western Scotland where they held lands anciently granted by the King of Scotland.

Early History of the Kim family

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Kim Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: M'Shimis, M'Shimmie, M'Kimmie, M'Kim, M'Kym, M'Kymme, M'Shiomoun, M'Kin and many more.

Early Notables of the Kim family (pre 1700)

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Kim World Ranking

In the United States, the name Kim is the 233rd most popular surname with an estimated 111,915 people with that name. [1] However, in Canada, the name Kim is ranked the 108th most popular surname with an estimated 26,966 people with that name. [2] And in France, the name Kim is the 5,579th popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. [3] Australia ranks Kim as 271st with 12,662 people. [4] New Zealand ranks Kim as 295th with 2,058 people. [5] Russia ranks Kim as 90th with 104,617 people. [6]

Ireland Migration of the Kim family to Ireland

Some of the Kim family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Kim migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kim Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Kim, who landed in New York, NY in 1812 [7]
  • Martin Kim, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [7]
  • Ambrose Kim, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [7]
  • George Kim, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [7]
  • Henry Kim, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kim (post 1700) +

  • John J. Kim, American co-winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting
  • Ronald J. Kim, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2008 [8]
  • Jennifer Kim, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2000 [8]
  • Jayne Kim, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2004 [8]
  • Jay Kim (b. 1939), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from California 41st District, 1993-99; defeated in primary, 1998 (41st District), 2000 (42nd District) [8]
  • Jason Kim, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 2008 [8]
  • Eun Yvon Kim, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1996 [8]
  • Euh Y. Kim, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1996 [8]
  • Donna Mercado Kim, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Hawaii State Senate 15th District; elected 2000; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Hawaii, 2004, 2008 [8]
  • Carol Kim, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2004 [8]
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Kim Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Je suis prest
Motto Translation: I am ready.


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ https://forebears.io/surnames/
  3. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  4. ^ https://forebears.io/australia/surnames
  5. ^ https://forebears.io/new-zealand/surnames
  6. ^ https://forebears.io/russia/surnames
  7. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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