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987k
in the U.S.
since 1880

Karen

  • Gender: Girl
  • Origin: Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Pure
  • #43 All Time
Girls
Boys
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56k Karina (Scandinavian)
28k Karin (Scandinavian)
3k Karena (Scandinavian)
1k Karine (Scandinavian)

How popular is the name "Karen" in the U.S.?



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YearTotal Babies BornGirls BornBoys BornRanking
1881660
188510100
1886990
1887990
1888550
188910100
189014140
1891660
189210100
1893770
189411110
1896990
1897550
1898880
1899990
1900990
1901550
1903880
190411110
190512120
190616160
190714140
190813130
190912120
191011110
191111110
191228280
191312120
191434340
191536360
191642420
191747470
191856560
191928280
192042420
192142420
192250500
192348480
192459590
192549490
192662620
192757570
192878780
192979790
19301001000
19311541540
19323033030
19334544540
19345885880
19351,1061,0988
19361,7321,71913
19372,2412,2329
19384,5294,50821#50 girl name
19395,5605,54317#39 girl name
19407,3207,28337#34 girl name
194110,87410,83044#19 girl name
194215,45315,38865#16 girl name
194316,86916,81554#15 girl name
194415,99215,94349#16 girl name
194515,73315,68152#16 girl name
194619,68419,64539#15 girl name
194721,68221,64537#13 girl name
194822,02721,99136#12 girl name
194922,50722,46641#11 girl name
195024,17524,13936#12 girl name
195128,02027,98634#8 girl name
195228,99628,96036#8 girl name
195329,89629,83858#9 girl name
195432,51232,45854#8 girl name
195533,26433,21450#8 girl name
195640,11840,04672#7 girl name
195740,66040,58377#5 girl name
195838,52738,46166#4 girl name
195936,85436,77381#4 girl name
196036,45336,38172#4 girl name
196134,77134,69279#5 girl name
196235,25735,18275#4 girl name
196332,56732,48483#4 girl name
196430,33730,24691#4 girl name
196532,95532,87481#3 girl name
196625,50825,44464#5 girl name
196721,59721,54354#6 girl name
196819,60519,55649#9 girl name
196917,70617,63274#13 girl name
197016,75016,70248#12 girl name
197114,26714,21057#15 girl name
197211,23711,18849#21 girl name
19739,3999,35940#23 girl name
19748,6848,64836#26 girl name
19758,1958,16332#27 girl name
19767,5387,50236#31 girl name
19777,4687,44127#32 girl name
19786,3966,37422#39 girl name
19795,6345,60232#46 girl name
19805,0815,05427#54 girl name
19814,5584,53523#64 girl name
19824,1824,15131#68 girl name
19833,8133,79122#77 girl name
19843,5613,53328#82 girl name
19853,1633,13726#87 girl name
19862,8242,80123#100 girl name
19872,6142,57935
19882,5862,56620
19892,7942,75737
19902,7312,71318
19912,6232,60221
19922,7882,76325
19932,8382,80533
19942,5052,48817
19952,2882,26919
19962,4162,40016
19972,2312,2229
19982,0782,0726
19992,1852,17114
20002,1912,17120
20012,2112,19318
20022,2262,2206
20032,3412,33110
20042,1772,16512
20052,0722,0639
20062,0392,02811
20072,1832,17112
20081,8211,8165
20091,4331,4330
20101,2941,2868
20111,1081,1017
20128998945
20137297290
20146306300

Want to know about the populiarty of Karen? From 1880 to 2014, the Social Security Administration has recorded 986,566 babies born with the name Karen in the United States. That's more than enough Karens to occupy the country of Djibouti with an estimated population of 923,000 (as of July 1, 2012). The name first appeared in the year 1881 when it was given to 6 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Karen" was in 1957 with a total of 40,583 babies. (That's a lot of baby Karens)

According to the 1964 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Karen" ranks #4 in popularity as a baby girl's name in Washington. Imagine that, 386 babies in Washington have the same name as you in 1964. Across the entire United States a total of 30,337 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

What does the name "Karen" mean?

Karen (Scandinavian): Pure

The name "Karen" is of Scandinavian origin and it means "Pure". It's a name commonly given to girls. There are 2 other names that are similar to this one.

K is for kindness, you always show.

A is for activities, for you have many.

R is for rely, everyone's trustworthy friend.

E is for electric, a sparkling trait!

N is for neatness, your orderly way.

Your name in reverse order is "Nerak". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Enakr". How do you pronounce that?

Now try the names of everyone you know including friends, cousins, neighbors, classmates, co-workers or your pets. Even your favorite anime, TV or movie characters! See what their names mean. Remember, this is purely just for fun.

Where is the name Karen popular?



The map shows the relative popularity of the name Karen in each of the states since 1950. Can you guess a name that was popular in the region near the Rockies? Search for the name to check your answer!

Celebrities named Karen

Lucy Hale

Lucy Hale is an actress and singer with the most prominent portion of her career being from 2 to present. Lucy was born in 1989 as Karen Lucille Hale in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.

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Karen Gillan

Karen Gillan is an actress, model, and director with the most prominent portion of her career being from 2 to present. Karen was born in 1987 in Inverness, Scotland.

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Karen Carpenter

Karen Carpenter is a musician and singer specializing in pop, soft rock, and jazz music with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1965 to 1983. Karen was born in 1950 as Karen Anne Carpenter in New Haven, Connecticut.

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Karen Allen

Karen Allen is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1978 to present. Karen was born in 1951 as Karen Jane Allen in Carrollton, Illinois, U.S.

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Karen Grassle

Karen Grassle is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1968 to present. Karen was born in 1942 as Karen Trust Grassle in Berkeley, California, U.S.

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Karen Dotrice

Karen Dotrice is an actress and voice actor with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1964 to 1984. Karen was born in 1955 in Guernsey, Channel Islands.

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Past life for Karen born Oct 6, 1983

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Ireland approximately on 925. Your profession was seaman, cook, and carpenter.

Psychologically, you had a Bohemian personality - mysterious, highly gifted, capable of understanding ancient books. Magical abilities, could be a servant of dark forces. Your problem - to learn to love and to trust the Universe. You are bound to think, study, reflect and develop inner wisdom.

Name poster for Karen

Name poster for Karen(click to save the high quality version)

Here's something for you to ponder on...

The Theory Behind The Name Game - Finding a good baby name is one of the dilemmas that plague parents who live in a modern setting. Parents do have the right to be conscious about the name.

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