I was recently introduced to the music of New Zealand musical artist Kimbra aka Kimbra Lee Johnson and thought her name was ripe for using. It has the familiarity of Kim/Kimberly with today's popular BR sound found in fast-risers Aubree, Briella, Brielle and Aubrey (referenced on the Baby Name Wizard blog).
Although the bree sound is current, I suspect the -bra sound belongs more to names such as Deborah and Barbara. But combining the -bra of two generations ago with the Kim- of last generation does result in a fresh and surprising sound.
Other things that come to mind when considering the name Kimbra:
So for me, it's the perfect name for a pop star: distinctive, with sexy/wild associations---and, since she's an adult, no fears of middle school classmates repeatedly remarking on the "bra" element.
The Social Security Administration doesn't have Kimbra in their data base for 2011, which means the name was given to four or fewer babies that year. Since Kimbra's album appeared in North America only this year, we may see a change right away in the 2012 data. I can picture someone using it as a combination honor name for a baby's Grandma Barbara and Aunt Kim.
What does everyone else think about the name Kimbra? Let's have a poll over to the right. [Poll closed; see results below.]
Poll results for "Name to Consider: Kimbra" (354 votes total):
I love it! I'd want to use it! - 5 votes (1%)
I like it! I'd want to consider it! - 16 votes (5%)
I like it for someone else's baby - 55 votes (16%)
No particular opinion - 28 votes (8%)
Slight dislike - 146 votes (41%)
Strong dislike - 104 votes (29%)