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Kari

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59k
in the U.S.
since 1880
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530
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Kari

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

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  1. A female given name of recent usage, from the Norwegian form of Catherine, or a variant of Carrie or Cary.
  2. (astronomy) A moon of Saturn.

Kari was also found in the following language(s): Finnish, Greenlandic, and Norwegian

Notable Persons Named Kari

Kari Byron is a television host and artist. She has been prominent since 2003. Kari was born on December 18th, 1974 in California, United States.

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Kari Wahlgren is a voice acting and voice-over artist. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2002 to present. Kari was born Kari Wahlgren on July 13th, 1977 in Hoisington, Kansas.

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Kari Ann Peniche is a model. Kari was born on March 20th, 1984.

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Kari Jobe is a contemporary christian music and contemporary worship music singer-songwriter, associate worship pastor, and worship pastor. She plays Guitar and Vocals. She was most active from 2003 to present. Kari was given the name Kari Brooke Jobe on April 6th, 1981 in Waco, Texas, United States.

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Kari Wuhrer is an actress and singer. She was most active from 1986 to present. Kari was given the name Kari Samantha Wuhrer on April 28th, 1967 in Brookfield, Connecticut. Kari is also known as Kari Wuhrer, Kari Wührer Salin, Kari Salin, and Kari Salin-Wührer.

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Kari Matchett is an actor and actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1996. Kari was born in 25 in Spalding, Saskatchewan, Canada.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Kari

Tamla Kari is an actress. Her career lasted from 2008 to 2008. Tamla was given the name Tamla Cummins on July 27th, 1988 in Coventry.

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Niko Kari is an athlete for the Motopark Academy. Niko was born on October 6th, 1999 in Hyvinkää, Finland.

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Dagur was given the name Dagur Kári Pétursson on December 12th, 1973 in Paris. Dagur is also known as Dagur Kari Petursson and Dag Kára Pétursson.

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Rina Ronja Kari is a Member of the European Parliament. Rina was born on February 15th, 1985 in Copenhagen.

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Kari Kari is a soccer player for the Bayelsa United F.C., Enyimba International F.C., Étoile Sportive du Sahel, and CS Hammam-Lif. Kari was born on February 14th, 1990 in Mampong Nsuta, Ashanti, Ghana.

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How popular is the baby name Kari in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1934 6 6 0
1936 7 7 0
1937 5 5 0
1939 7 7 0
1940 11 11 0
1941 9 9 0
1942 5 5 0
1943 13 13 0
1944 10 10 0
1945 8 8 0
1946 22 22 0
1947 23 23 0
1948 23 23 0
1949 33 33 0
1950 30 30 0
1951 53 53 0
1952 64 64 0
1953 98 98 0
1954 123 123 0
1955 169 169 0
1956 243 238 5
1957 341 335 6
1958 490 478 12
1959 660 649 11
1960 754 749 5
1961 892 880 12
1962 969 960 9
1963 1,091 1,083 8
1964 1,101 1,092 9
1965 954 948 6
1966 977 971 6
1967 1,313 1,303 10
1968 1,522 1,512 10
1969 1,479 1,471 8
1970 1,690 1,667 23
1971 1,746 1,731 15
1972 1,568 1,561 7
1973 1,611 1,601 10
1974 1,821 1,805 16
1975 2,240 2,218 22
1976 2,201 2,182 19
1977 2,179 2,164 15
1978 1,986 1,968 18
1979 1,871 1,852 19
1980 1,782 1,768 14
1981 1,966 1,954 12
1982 2,237 2,221 16
1983 2,015 1,998 17
1984 1,828 1,816 12
1985 1,736 1,721 15
1986 1,612 1,600 12
1987 1,689 1,670 19
1988 1,508 1,496 12
1989 1,308 1,299 9
1990 1,117 1,107 10
1991 985 974 11
1992 834 823 11
1993 722 709 13
1994 646 633 13
1995 499 489 10
1996 545 540 5
1997 413 408 5
1998 360 349 11
1999 288 283 5
2000 299 293 6
2001 259 253 6
2002 237 227 10
2003 154 146 8
2004 149 143 6
2005 165 159 6
2006 171 165 6
2007 159 150 9
2008 142 135 7
2009 136 129 7
2010 119 114 5
2011 103 89 14
2012 121 111 10
2013 113 113 0
2014 116 111 5
2015 124 114 10
2016 109 97 12

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Popularity of Kari as a first name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Kari U.S.
  White 80.38% 64.26%
  African American 1.89% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 11.70% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.51% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.64% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.89% 16.26%

Of Last Name Kari

People with the last name Kari are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Kari

  • How Popular is the name Kari? Kari is the 885th most popular name of all time. As a last name Kari was the 41,100th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Kari have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 59,184 babies born with the first name Kari in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kari to occupy the territory of Greenland (Denmark) with an estimated population of 56,749 (as of January 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kari? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1934 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Kari first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kari is Wednesday, June 26th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Kari born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kari was in 1982 with a total of 2,221 babies. That's a lot of babies named Kari!
  • Random Kari Factoid: According to the 1974 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kari ranks 44th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Montana. Imagine that, 26 babies in Montana have the same name as you in 1974.
  • Weird things about the name Kari: Your name in reverse order is Irak. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ikra. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Kari? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 530 people with the last name Kari.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kari? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Kari as their last name since less than 1 person in 556k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • 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).
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