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Karen

  • Gender: Girl
  • Origin: Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Pure
  • #43 All Time
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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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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1881 6 6 0
1885 10 10 0
1886 9 9 0
1887 9 9 0
1888 5 5 0
1889 10 10 0
1890 14 14 0
1891 6 6 0
1892 10 10 0
1893 7 7 0
1894 11 11 0
1896 9 9 0
1897 5 5 0
1898 8 8 0
1899 9 9 0
1900 9 9 0
1901 5 5 0
1903 8 8 0
1904 11 11 0
1905 12 12 0
1906 16 16 0
1907 14 14 0
1908 13 13 0
1909 12 12 0
1910 11 11 0
1911 11 11 0
1912 28 28 0
1913 12 12 0
1914 34 34 0
1915 36 36 0
1916 42 42 0
1917 47 47 0
1918 56 56 0
1919 28 28 0
1920 42 42 0
1921 42 42 0
1922 50 50 0
1923 48 48 0
1924 59 59 0
1925 49 49 0
1926 62 62 0
1927 57 57 0
1928 78 78 0
1929 79 79 0
1930 100 100 0
1931 154 154 0
1932 303 303 0
1933 454 454 0
1934 588 588 0
1935 1,106 1,098 8
1936 1,732 1,719 13
1937 2,241 2,232 9
1938 4,529 4,508 21 #50 girl name
1939 5,560 5,543 17 #39 girl name
1940 7,320 7,283 37 #34 girl name
1941 10,874 10,830 44 #19 girl name
1942 15,453 15,388 65 #16 girl name
1943 16,869 16,815 54 #15 girl name
1944 15,992 15,943 49 #16 girl name
1945 15,733 15,681 52 #16 girl name
1946 19,684 19,645 39 #15 girl name
1947 21,682 21,645 37 #13 girl name
1948 22,027 21,991 36 #12 girl name
1949 22,507 22,466 41 #11 girl name
1950 24,175 24,139 36 #12 girl name
1951 28,020 27,986 34 #8 girl name
1952 28,996 28,960 36 #8 girl name
1953 29,896 29,838 58 #9 girl name
1954 32,512 32,458 54 #8 girl name
1955 33,264 33,214 50 #8 girl name
1956 40,118 40,046 72 #7 girl name
1957 40,660 40,583 77 #5 girl name
1958 38,527 38,461 66 #4 girl name
1959 36,854 36,773 81 #4 girl name
1960 36,453 36,381 72 #4 girl name
1961 34,771 34,692 79 #5 girl name
1962 35,257 35,182 75 #4 girl name
1963 32,567 32,484 83 #4 girl name
1964 30,337 30,246 91 #4 girl name
1965 32,955 32,874 81 #3 girl name
1966 25,508 25,444 64 #5 girl name
1967 21,597 21,543 54 #6 girl name
1968 19,605 19,556 49 #9 girl name
1969 17,706 17,632 74 #13 girl name
1970 16,750 16,702 48 #12 girl name
1971 14,267 14,210 57 #15 girl name
1972 11,237 11,188 49 #21 girl name
1973 9,399 9,359 40 #23 girl name
1974 8,684 8,648 36 #26 girl name
1975 8,195 8,163 32 #27 girl name
1976 7,538 7,502 36 #31 girl name
1977 7,468 7,441 27 #32 girl name
1978 6,396 6,374 22 #39 girl name
1979 5,634 5,602 32 #46 girl name
1980 5,081 5,054 27 #54 girl name
1981 4,558 4,535 23 #64 girl name
1982 4,182 4,151 31 #68 girl name
1983 3,813 3,791 22 #77 girl name
1984 3,561 3,533 28 #82 girl name
1985 3,163 3,137 26 #87 girl name
1986 2,824 2,801 23 #100 girl name
1987 2,614 2,579 35
1988 2,586 2,566 20
1989 2,794 2,757 37
1990 2,731 2,713 18
1991 2,623 2,602 21
1992 2,788 2,763 25
1993 2,838 2,805 33
1994 2,505 2,488 17
1995 2,288 2,269 19
1996 2,416 2,400 16
1997 2,231 2,222 9
1998 2,078 2,072 6
1999 2,185 2,171 14
2000 2,191 2,171 20
2001 2,211 2,193 18
2002 2,226 2,220 6
2003 2,341 2,331 10
2004 2,177 2,165 12
2005 2,072 2,063 9
2006 2,039 2,028 11
2007 2,183 2,171 12
2008 1,821 1,816 5
2009 1,433 1,433 0
2010 1,294 1,286 8
2011 1,108 1,101 7
2012 899 894 5
2013 729 729 0
2014 630 630 0

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 was first given to 5 or more babies 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 1942 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Karen" ranks #36 in popularity as a baby girl's name in Rhode Island. Imagine that, 42 babies in Rhode Island have the same name as you in 1942. Across the entire United States a total of 15,453 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Where is the name Karen popular?

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Karen" mean? The list below shows the origins of Karen as well as things modernly associated with the name Karen such as celebrities named Karen.

Scandinavian

Origin and Meaning of Karen

The name "Karen" is of Scandinavian origin, and it means "Pure". It's a name commonly given to girls.

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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Alternative Meanings

K is for keen, your sense of honesty.

A is for accepting, your forgiving nature.

R is for rapport, friends seek you.

E is for excellence, your passion, your drive.

N is for nice, need I say more?

Your name in reverse order is "Nerak". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Reakn". 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.

Past life for Karen born Jul 21, 1931

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Central India approximately on 1800. Your profession was map maker, astrologer, and astronomer.

Psychologically, you were timid, constrained, and quiet. You had creative talents, waited until that life to be liberated. Sometimes environment considered you strange. Your main task - to make the world more beautiful. Physical and spiritual deserts are just waiting for your touch. Keep smiling!

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