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Meaning and name origin

Karen \k(a)-ren\ as a girl's name is pronounced KARE-en. It is of Danish origin. Short form of Katherine (Greek) "pure". See also Caryn, Karina, and Keren. Writer Karen Blixen; singer Karen Carpenter; actress Karen Allen.

Karen has 29 variant forms: Caren, Carin, Caron, Caronn, Carren, Carrin, Carron, Carryn, Caryn, Carynn, Carynne, Karan, Kari, Karin, Karna, Karon, Karren, Karrin, Karryn, Karyn, Kerran, Kerrin, Kerron, Kerrynn, Keryn, Kerynne, Taran, Taren and Taryn.

For more information, see also related girl names Careen, Carina, Kalina and Catherine.


Karen is a very popular first name for females (#13 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#35496 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Karen for girls (2015 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Karen name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Karen outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Karen and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Caren, Carina, Caron, Caryn, Catherine, Kalina, Karan, Karen, Kari, Karin, Karina, Karon, Karren, Karyn, Katherine and Taryn. (2015 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Caren, Carina, Caron, Caryn, Catherine, Karan, Karen, Kari, Karin, Karina in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Karon, Karren, Karyn, Katherine, Taryn in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Carina, Catherine, Kalina, Karen, Kari outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Karin, Karina, Katherine, Taryn outside U.S.

Similar Names

Karen is also pronounced similarly to Carwen, Coren, Kareen, Karene, Karine, Karyne, Karynn, Kerin, Koreen, Koren, Korin, Koryn and Kyrene. Other suggested similar baby names are Faren, Kalen, Kamren, Karee, Kareena, Kareina, Karel, Karena, Karenah, Karenna, Karlen, Karma, Karmen, Karrena, Karyna, Kerena, Korena, Laren and Maren. These names tend to be less commonly used than Karen.


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