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Ken

First Name
33k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
546
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Ken

"Ken" is a name 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")
Wiktionary
  1. A diminutive of the male given name Kenneth.
  2. (colloquial) Kensington in London (in combinations, e.g. South Ken, High Street Ken).

Ken was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Estonian, Japanese, and Norwegian

Notable Persons Named Ken

Ken Jeong is an actor, comedian, and physician. He has had major accomplishments since 1997. Ken was given the name Kendrick Kang-Joh Jeong on July 13th, 1969 in Detroit, Michigan, United States.

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Ken Starr is a President, Chancellor of Baylor University, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Chancellor ofBaylor University, 39th Solicitor General of the United States, and Judge of theUnited States Court of Appeals fo. Ken was given the name Kenneth Winston Starr on July 21st, 1946.

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He was most active from 1962 to present. Ken was given the name Kenneth Loach on June 17th, 1936 in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England. Ken is also known as Loach and Kenneth.

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Ken Shamrock is a martial artist. Ken was born on February 11th, 1964 in Macon, Georgia , United States.

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Ken Watanabe is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1979. Ken was born on October 21st, 1959 in Koide, Niigata, Japan.

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Ken was born in Honolulu.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Ken

Ken Sugimori is an artist in the field of game design. Ken was given the name Sugimori Ken on January 27th, 1966 in Tokyo.

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Ken is a singing, actor, and singer. Ken was given the name Lee Jae-hwan on April 6th, 1992 in Seoul.

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Pedro Ken is a soccer player for the FC Terek Grozny, Coritiba Foot Ball Club, Cruzeiro Esporte Clube, Avaí FC, Esporte Clube Vitória, CR Vasco da Gama, and Brazil national under-23 football team. Pedro was born on March 20th, 1987 in Curitiba, Brazil.

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Thomas Ken was a saint. Thomas was born in 1637 in Little Berkhampstead, Hertfordshire, England. He passed away on March 19th, 1711.

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Ah Ken was a businessman. Ah was born in 1858 in Guangzhou. Ah is also known as Ah Kam. He died in 1896.

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Kenny Ken is an oldschool jungle, drum, and bass disc jockey and record producer. His ongoing career started in 1989. Kenny was given the name Ken Delsol .

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

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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 455 0 455
1950 348 0 348
1951 294 0 294
1952 323 0 323
1953 316 0 316
1954 369 0 369
1955 439 0 439
1956 656 0 656
1957 1,182 0 1,182
1958 1,525 0 1,525
1959 1,663 0 1,663
1960 1,779 0 1,779
1961 1,665 5 1,660
1962 1,692 5 1,687
1963 1,635 0 1,635
1964 1,475 0 1,475
1965 1,099 0 1,099
1966 821 0 821
1967 649 0 649
1968 603 0 603
1969 495 0 495
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 138 0 138
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
2016 90 0 90

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Popularity of Ken as a first name

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Popularity of Ken as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ken U.S.
  White 34.62% 64.26%
  African American 9.16% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 47.44% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.49% 16.26%

Of Last Name Ken

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

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Fun Facts about the name Ken

  • How Popular is the name Ken? Ken is the 1,294th most popular name of all time. As a last name Ken was the 40,144th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Ken have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 32,606 babies born with the first name Ken in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ken to occupy the country of San Marino with an estimated population of 32,312 (as of March 31, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ken? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1900 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Ken first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ken is Thursday, August 29th, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named Ken born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ken was in 1960 with a total of 1,779 babies. That's a lot of babies named Ken!
  • Random Ken Factoid: According to the 1959 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ken ranks 101st in popularity as a baby boy's name in Utah. Imagine that, 27 babies in Utah have the same name as you in 1959.
  • Weird things about the name Ken: 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?
  • How many people have the last name Ken? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 546 people with the last name Ken.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ken? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Ken as their last name since less than 1 person in 526k 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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