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Karen

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988k
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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Karen

"Karen" is a name 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 Named Karen

    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 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 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 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 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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    Notable Persons With the Last Name 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 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 is a car designer.

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

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    How popular is the baby 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 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 15,451 15,386 65 #16 girl name
    1943 16,870 16,816 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 22,031 21,995 36 #12 girl name
    1949 22,508 22,467 41 #11 girl name
    1950 24,177 24,141 36 #12 girl name
    1951 28,034 28,000 34 #8 girl name
    1952 28,995 28,959 36 #8 girl name
    1953 29,908 29,850 58 #9 girl name
    1954 32,509 32,455 54 #8 girl name
    1955 33,263 33,213 50 #8 girl name
    1956 40,114 40,042 72 #7 girl name
    1957 40,665 40,588 77 #5 girl name
    1958 38,531 38,465 66 #4 girl name
    1959 36,854 36,773 81 #4 girl name
    1960 36,449 36,377 72 #4 girl name
    1961 34,769 34,690 79 #5 girl name
    1962 35,261 35,186 75 #4 girl name
    1963 32,571 32,488 83 #4 girl name
    1964 30,337 30,246 91 #4 girl name
    1965 32,956 32,875 81 #3 girl name
    1966 25,511 25,447 64 #5 girl name
    1967 21,595 21,541 54 #6 girl name
    1968 19,604 19,555 49 #9 girl name
    1969 17,713 17,639 74 #13 girl name
    1970 16,751 16,703 48 #12 girl name
    1971 14,269 14,212 57 #15 girl name
    1972 11,231 11,182 49 #21 girl name
    1973 9,398 9,358 40 #23 girl name
    1974 8,686 8,650 36 #26 girl name
    1975 8,197 8,165 32 #27 girl name
    1976 7,538 7,502 36 #31 girl name
    1977 7,469 7,442 27 #32 girl name
    1978 6,395 6,373 22 #39 girl name
    1979 5,633 5,601 32 #46 girl name
    1980 5,081 5,054 27 #54 girl name
    1981 4,560 4,537 23 #64 girl name
    1982 4,185 4,154 31 #68 girl name
    1983 3,812 3,790 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 2,616 2,581 35
    1988 2,586 2,566 20
    1989 2,794 2,757 37
    1990 2,731 2,713 18
    1991 2,621 2,600 21
    1992 2,788 2,763 25
    1993 2,839 2,806 33
    1994 2,505 2,488 17
    1995 2,288 2,269 19
    1996 2,417 2,401 16
    1997 2,232 2,223 9
    1998 2,079 2,073 6
    1999 2,186 2,172 14
    2000 2,192 2,172 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 900 895 5
    2013 729 729 0
    2014 631 631 0
    2015 630 625 5
    2016 614 614 0

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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

    • Smith
    • Johnson
    • 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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    Fun Facts about the name Karen

    • How Popular is the name Karen? Karen is the 43rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Karen was the 36,695th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Karen have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 987,862 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 40,588 babies. That's a lot of babies named Karen!
    • Random Karen Factoid: According to the 1949 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Karen ranks 7th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Ohio. Imagine that, 1,829 babies in Ohio have the same name as you in 1949.
    • 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 Reank. 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!

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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.
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