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Karen

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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 8 8 0
1901 5 5 0
1903 8 8 0
1904 11 11 0
1905 11 11 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 453 453 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 15,732 15,680 52 #16 girl name
1946 19,684 19,645 39 #15 girl name
1947 21,683 21,646 37 #13 girl name
1948 22,029 21,993 36 #12 girl name
1949 22,507 22,466 41 #11 girl name
1950 24,180 24,144 36 #12 girl name
1951 28,027 27,993 34 #8 girl name
1952 28,995 28,959 36 #8 girl name
1953 29,907 29,849 58 #9 girl name
1954 32,510 32,456 54 #8 girl name
1955 33,265 33,215 50 #8 girl name
1956 40,117 40,045 72 #7 girl name
1957 40,661 40,584 77 #5 girl name
1958 38,531 38,465 66 #4 girl name
1959 36,854 36,773 81 #4 girl name
1960 36,451 36,379 72 #4 girl name
1961 34,769 34,690 79 #5 girl name
1962 35,259 35,184 75 #4 girl name
1963 32,570 32,487 83 #4 girl name
1964 30,338 30,247 91 #4 girl name
1965 32,955 32,874 81 #3 girl name
1966 25,511 25,447 64 #5 girl name
1967 21,596 21,542 54 #6 girl name
1968 19,606 19,557 49 #9 girl name
1969 17,711 17,637 74 #13 girl name
1970 16,749 16,701 48 #12 girl name
1971 14,268 14,211 57 #15 girl name
1972 11,234 11,185 49 #21 girl name
1973 9,398 9,358 40 #23 girl name
1974 8,684 8,648 36 #26 girl name
1975 8,196 8,164 32 #27 girl name
1976 7,538 7,502 36 #31 girl name
1977 7,468 7,441 27 #32 girl name
1978 6,395 6,373 22 #39 girl name
1979 5,634 5,602 32 #46 girl name
1980 5,081 5,054 27 #54 girl name
1981 4,559 4,536 23 #64 girl name
1982 4,184 4,153 31 #68 girl name
1983 3,813 3,791 22 #77 girl name
1984 3,561 3,533 28 #82 girl name
1985 3,164 3,138 26 #87 girl name
1986 2,824 2,801 23 #100 girl name
1987 2,615 2,580 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 2,839 2,806 33
1994 2,505 2,488 17
1995 2,287 2,268 19
1996 2,417 2,401 16
1997 2,232 2,223 9
1998 2,079 2,073 6
1999 2,184 2,170 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 1,109 1,102 7
2012 899 894 5
2013 729 729 0
2014 630 630 0
2015 629 624 5

Fun Facts about the name Karen

  • How many people with the first name Karen have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 987,233 babies born with the first name Karen in the United States. That's more than enough people named Karen to occupy the country of Djibouti with an estimated population of 923,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Karen? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1881 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Karen first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Karen is Thursday, October 26th, 1865.
  • What year had the most people named Karen born? The highest recorded use of the first name Karen was in 1957 with a total of 40,584 babies. That's a lot of babies named Karen!
  • Random Karen Factoid: According to the 1942 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Karen ranks 3rd in popularity as a baby girl's name in Kansas. Imagine that, 435 babies in Kansas have the same name as you in 1942.
  • Weird things about the name Karen: Your name in reverse order is Nerak. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Naerk. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Karen? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 609 people with the last name Karen.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Karen? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Karen as their last name since less than 1 person in 476k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

Where is the name Karen popular?

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Popularity of Karen as a first name

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Popularity of Karen as a last name

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Common last names for Karen

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  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Anderson
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • White
  • Thomas
  • Thompson
  • Moore
  • Clark
  • Taylor
  • Nelson
  • Hansen
  • King
  • Allen

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Karen U.S.
  White 81.44% 64.26%
  African American 4.43% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 4.11% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 7.06% 16.26%

Of Last Name Karen

People with the last name Karen are most frequently White

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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.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun
A language spoken in the Thai-Burmese borderlands.
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  1. The Tibeto-Burman language spoken in the Thailand and Burmese borderlands
Wiktionary

From Danish Karen.

  1. A female given name. First taken up as a given name in the U.S.A., and popular in the English-speaking world from the 1950s to the 1970s.

From Parthian 𐭊𐭓𐭍𐭉 (krny /Kārēn/). The Armenian name is from Armenian Կարեն (Karen), from the same Parthian name.

  1. (historical) one of the seven great Parthian feudal families
  2. An Armenian male given name

From Burmese ကရင် (ka.rang, “wild, low-caste man”).

  1. A group of languages of Myanmar and Thailand.

    Karen was also found in the following language(s): Danish, German, Icelandic, Luxembourgish, and Norwegian

    Notable Persons With the Name Karen

    Karen Gillan

    Karen Gillan is an actress and model. She was most prominent from 2006 to present. Karen was born on November 28th, 1987 in Inverness, Scotland, UK.

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    MØ is an electronic music, indie pop, soul music, alternative dance, and contemporary r&b musician. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2012 to present. MØ was given the name Karen Marie Aagaard Ørsted Andersen on August 13th, 1988 in Odense, Ubberud, Denmark. MØ is also known as Ørsted and Karen Marie.

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    Lucy Hale

    Lucy Hale is an actress, singer, actor, and singing. She was most active from 2003 to present. Lucy was given the name Karen Lucille Hale on June 14th, 1989 in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.

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    Karen Carpenter

    Karen Carpenter was a pop music, easy listening, soft rock, and jazz musician. She plays Ludwig Drums, Avedis Zildjian Company, and Remo. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1965 to 1965. Karen was given the name Karen Anne Carpenter on March 2nd, 1950 in New Haven, Connecticut. She breathed her last breath on February 4th, 1983.

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    Karen Black

    Karen Black was an actress, screenwriter, singer, and composer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1960 to 2013. Karen was given the name Karen Blanche Ziegler on July 1st, 1939 in Park Ridge, Illinois, U.S. She died on August 8th, 2013.

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    Karen Allen

    Karen Allen is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1978. Karen was given the name Karen Jane Allen on October 5th, 1951 in Carrollton, Illinois, U.S.

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    • Karen O
      (musician)
    • Karen Elson
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    • Karen Dotrice
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    • Karen David
      (musician)
    • Karen Khachanov
      (noteworthy individual)
    • Karen Horney
      (noteworthy person)
    • Karen Silkwood
      (influential individual)
    • Karen Olivo
      (actress)
    • Karen Valentine
      (actress)
    • Karen Mok
      (musician)
    • Karen Strassman
      (voice actress)
    • Karen Summer
      (noteworthy human)
    • Karen Lynn Gorney
      (actress)
    • Karen Hassan
      (actress)

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Karen

    Anna Karen

    Anna Karen is an actress. She has been prominent since 1959. Anna was born on September 19th, 1936 in Durban.

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    James Karen

    James Karen is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1948. James was given the name Jacob Karnofsky on November 28th, 1923 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. James is also known as Mr. Pathmark and Tinch.

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    Tom Karen

    Tom Karen is a car designer.

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    Karen

    Karen is a singing. She has been prominent since 2000. Karen was given the name Karen Rosenberg on June 20th, 1975 in Denmark. Karen is also known as Karen Rosenberg.

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    Zarmihr Karen

    Zarmihr Karen was a Marzban of Persian Armenia, Satrap of Zabulistan, Marzban ofPersian Armenia, and SatrapofZabulistan. He left this life in 558.

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    What does the name Karen mean?

    Kis for kid, the child within.

    Ais for articulate, a regular wordsmith

    Ris for refreshing, the sparkling you.

    Eis for exquisite, who could argue?

    Nis for neighborly, friendly to all acquaintances

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    Sources: U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain). U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain). 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License). Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License). Wiktionary: Titles and License. Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.

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