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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1900 7 0 7
1910 5 0 5
1911 6 0 6
1912 14 0 14
1913 10 0 10
1914 11 0 11
1915 20 0 20
1916 17 0 17
1917 21 0 21
1918 17 0 17
1919 19 0 19
1920 32 0 32
1921 23 0 23
1922 29 0 29
1923 30 0 30
1924 34 0 34
1925 39 0 39
1926 54 0 54
1927 48 0 48
1928 34 0 34
1929 57 0 57
1930 76 0 76
1931 95 0 95
1932 127 0 127
1933 107 0 107
1934 152 0 152
1935 168 0 168
1936 210 0 210
1937 204 0 204
1938 252 0 252
1939 276 0 276
1940 303 0 303
1941 344 0 344
1942 408 0 408
1943 444 0 444
1944 427 0 427
1945 480 0 480
1946 684 0 684
1947 707 0 707
1948 623 0 623
1949 456 0 456
1950 347 0 347
1951 293 0 293
1952 321 0 321
1953 316 0 316
1954 368 0 368
1955 440 0 440
1956 655 0 655
1957 1,181 0 1,181
1958 1,526 0 1,526
1959 1,663 0 1,663
1960 1,778 0 1,778
1961 1,664 5 1,659
1962 1,693 5 1,688
1963 1,634 0 1,634
1964 1,476 0 1,476
1965 1,099 0 1,099
1966 821 0 821
1967 650 0 650
1968 603 0 603
1969 494 0 494
1970 491 5 486
1971 362 0 362
1972 289 0 289
1973 234 0 234
1974 202 0 202
1975 160 5 155
1976 139 0 139
1977 124 0 124
1978 137 0 137
1979 119 0 119
1980 142 0 142
1981 145 0 145
1982 137 0 137
1983 104 0 104
1984 116 0 116
1985 112 0 112
1986 101 0 101
1987 126 0 126
1988 111 0 111
1989 137 0 137
1990 147 5 142
1991 127 0 127
1992 113 0 113
1993 103 0 103
1994 112 0 112
1995 126 0 126
1996 119 0 119
1997 125 0 125
1998 104 0 104
1999 119 0 119
2000 123 0 123
2001 124 0 124
2002 134 0 134
2003 110 0 110
2004 153 0 153
2005 117 0 117
2006 135 0 135
2007 120 0 120
2008 108 0 108
2009 104 0 104
2010 68 0 68
2011 88 0 88
2012 107 0 107
2013 75 0 75
2014 84 0 84
2015 87 0 87

Want to know about the popularity of the Ken baby name? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 32,512 babies born with the name Ken in the United States. That's more than enough Kens to occupy the country of San Marino with an estimated population of 32,312 (as of March 31, 2012). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1900 when it was given to 7 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Ken" was in 1960 with a total of 1,778 babies. (That's a lot of baby Kens)

According to the 1963 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Ken" ranks #93 in popularity as a baby boy's name in Oregon. Imagine that, 38 babies in Oregon have the same name as you in 1963. Across the entire United States a total of 1,634 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 Ken popular?

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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

Origin and Meaning of Ken

The name "Ken" is of Scottish origin, and it means "Handsome". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ken
A house; esp., one which is a resort for thieves.

Etymology: Perh. from kennel

verb Ken
Senses
  1. To know; to understand; to take cognizance of.(Archaic or Scot)
  2. To recognize; to descry; to discern.(Archaic or Scot)"We kenthem from afar." [Addison]"'T is he. I ken the manner of his gait." [Shak.]

Etymology: OE. kennen to teach, make known, know, AS. cennan to make known, proclaim, or rather from the related Icel. kenna to know; akin to D. & G. kennen to know, Goth. kannjan to make known; orig., a causative corresponding to AS. cunnan to know, Goth. kunnan. √45. See Can to be able, Know

verb Ken
To look around.
noun Ken
Cognizance; view; especially, reach of sight or knowledge.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The range of vision
  2. Range of what one can know or understand ("beyond my ken")

Ken Watanabe

Ken Watanabe is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1979 to present. Ken was born in 1959 in Koide, Niigata, Japan.

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Ken Follett

Ken Follett is a novelist. Ken was born in 1949 in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom.

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Ken Griffey Jr.

Ken Griffey Jr. is a MLB player. Ken was born in 1969 in Donora, Pennsylvania.

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Ken Weatherwax

Ken Weatherwax is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1964 to 1977. Ken was born in 1955 as Kenneth Patrick Weatherwax in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Ken Loach

Ken was born in 1936 as Kenneth Loach in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England.

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Ken Marino

Ken Marino is an actor, comedian, writer, and director with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1992 to present. Ken was born in 1968 as Kenneth Joseph Marino in West Islip, New York, United States.

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Other Inspirations for the Name Ken

Ken Block
Ken Buck
Ken Burns
Ken Jennings
Ken Paxton
Ken Rockwell
Ken Griffey Jr
Ken Jeong
Ken Shamrock

Alternative Meanings

K is for kindness, you always show.

E is for excite, your spirit is catching!

N is for name, a pleasant one indeed.

Your name in reverse order is "Nek". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Kne". 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 Ken born Nov 27, 1975

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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 Tibet approximately on 1525. Your profession was seaman, dealer, businessman, and broker.

Psychologically, you had a Bohemian personality - mysterious, highly gifted, capable of understanding ancient books. Magical abilities, could be a servant of dark forces. The timid, lonely and self-confident people are everywhere, and your problem - to overcome these tendencies in yourself and then to help other people.

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