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Kristen

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1938 7 7 0
1939 13 13 0
1940 7 7 0
1941 17 17 0
1942 20 20 0
1943 51 51 0
1944 48 48 0
1945 54 54 0
1946 93 93 0
1947 160 153 7
1948 167 162 5
1949 179 171 8
1950 165 158 7
1951 203 193 10
1952 296 280 16
1953 263 256 7
1954 228 217 11
1955 242 230 12
1956 258 249 9
1957 303 296 7
1958 402 391 11
1959 554 542 12
1960 560 543 17
1961 555 538 17
1962 772 756 16
1963 1,033 1,015 18
1964 1,355 1,336 19
1965 1,743 1,726 17
1966 2,353 2,323 30
1967 2,781 2,754 27
1968 3,269 3,244 25
1969 3,854 3,811 43 #96 girl name
1970 4,649 4,602 47 #82 girl name
1971 4,016 3,965 51 #87 girl name
1972 3,585 3,529 56 #85 girl name
1973 4,995 4,936 59 #58 girl name
1974 6,123 6,055 68 #45 girl name
1975 4,747 4,676 71 #60 girl name
1976 3,715 3,655 60 #73 girl name
1977 3,931 3,862 69 #72 girl name
1978 4,425 4,369 56 #62 girl name
1979 4,632 4,572 60 #62 girl name
1980 7,383 7,317 66 #39 girl name
1981 8,593 8,541 52 #38 girl name
1982 9,597 9,535 62 #33 girl name
1983 8,674 8,616 58 #37 girl name
1984 8,446 8,385 61 #38 girl name
1985 8,509 8,440 69 #38 girl name
1986 7,907 7,844 63 #41 girl name
1987 7,413 7,360 53 #42 girl name
1988 8,435 8,381 54 #36 girl name
1989 8,867 8,800 67 #36 girl name
1990 8,128 8,073 55 #42 girl name
1991 6,857 6,817 40 #48 girl name
1992 6,290 6,252 38 #53 girl name
1993 5,556 5,531 25 #61 girl name
1994 5,907 5,870 37 #55 girl name
1995 5,437 5,398 39 #64 girl name
1996 4,884 4,851 33 #70 girl name
1997 4,112 4,085 27 #82 girl name
1998 3,372 3,347 25
1999 2,863 2,845 18
2000 2,365 2,356 9
2001 2,006 1,991 15
2002 1,728 1,714 14
2003 1,453 1,437 16
2004 1,241 1,220 21
2005 996 983 13
2006 888 875 13
2007 780 768 12
2008 656 643 13
2009 578 566 12
2010 521 508 13
2011 437 429 8
2012 441 428 13
2013 393 388 5
2014 350 340 10
2015 318 308 10

Fun Facts about the name Kristen

  • How many people with the first name Kristen have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 219,204 babies born with the first name Kristen in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kristen to occupy the territory of Mayotte (France) with an estimated population of 217,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kristen? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1938 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Kristen first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kristen is Thursday, November 1st, 1877.
  • What year had the most people named Kristen born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kristen was in 1982 with a total of 9,535 babies. That's a lot of babies named Kristen!
  • Random Kristen Factoid: According to the 1979 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kristen ranks 87th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Florida. Imagine that, 118 babies in Florida have the same name as you in 1979.
  • Weird things about the name Kristen: Your name in reverse order is Netsirk. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ksnrtei. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Kristen? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 216 people with the last name Kristen.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kristen? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Kristen as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.4m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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Popularity of Kristen as a first name

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Popularity of Kristen as a last name

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Common last names for Kristen

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Hansen
  • Kristensen
  • Williams

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Kristen U.S.
  White 88.43% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.24% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.31% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.09% 16.26%

Of Last Name Kristen

People with the last name Kristen are most frequently White

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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

German

Origin and Meaning of Kristen

The name "Kristen" is of German origin, and it means "Christian". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Wiktionary

A spelling variant of Kristin, from Christina, fairly popular in the latter half of the twentieth century.

  1. A female given name.

Kristen was also found in the following language(s): Danish and Estonian

Notable Persons With the Name Kristen

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart is an actress. She was most active from 1999 to present. Kristen was given the name Kristen Jaymes Stewart on April 9th, 1990 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell is an actress and singer. She has had major accomplishments since 1992. Kristen was given the name Kristen Anne Bell on July 18th, 1980 in Huntington Woods, Michigan, U.S.

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Kristen Wiig

Kristen Wiig is an influential individual. She has had major accomplishments since 2003. Kristen was given the name Kristen Carroll Wiig on August 22nd, 1973 in Canandaigua, New York, U.S.

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Kris Jenner

Kris Jenner is a notable person. She was most prominent from 2007 to present. Kris was given the name Kristen Mary Houghton on November 5th, 1955 in San Diego, California, U.S. Kris is also known as Kardashian, Kris; Houghton, and Kristen Mary (birth name).

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Kristen Schaal

Kristen Schaal is a comedian, actor, voice actor, and writer. She was most active from 2001 to present. Kristen was given the name Kristen Joy Schaal on January 24th, 1978 in Longmont, Colorado, United States.

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Kristen Connolly

Kristen Connolly is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2003 to present. Kristen was born on July 12th, 1980 in Montclair, New Jersey.

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  • Kristy Swanson
    (actress)
  • Kristen Johnston
    (actress)
  • Kristen Hager
    (actress)
  • Kris Holden-Ried
    (actor)
  • Kristen May
    (musician)
  • Kristen L. Kish
    (notable person)
  • Kristen Dalton
    (famous somebody)
  • Kristen Marie Griest
    (important human)
  • Kristen Nygaard
    (scientist)
  • Kristen Thomson
    (actress)
  • Kristen Stills
    (influential somebody)
  • Kristen R. Ghodsee thumb|Kristen Ghodsee in 2011
    (famous somebody)
  • Kristen Johnson
    (escape artist)
  • Kristy Cavinder
    (famed human)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Kristen

Marta Kristen

Marta Kristen is an actress and actor. She has had major accomplishments since 1960. Marta was given the name Birgit Annalisa Rusanen on February 26th, 1945 in Oslo.

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Ilene Kristen

Ilene Kristen is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1971. Ilene was given the name Ilene Schatz on July 30th, 1952 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

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Anne Kristen

Anne Kristen was a notable somebody. Anne was born on March 7th, 1937. She breathed her last breath on August 7th, 1996.

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What does the name Kristen mean?

Kis for kindle, the warmth in others.

Ris for rely, everyone's trustworthy friend.

Iis for inclusive, never leaving others out

Sis for sensible, the practical side.

Tis for tough, for you are not easily broken

Eis for extra, those little things you do!

Nis for narrator, tell many stories

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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). Wiktionary: Titles and License. Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.

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