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Karen 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 names Careen, Carina, Kalina and Catherine.
Baby names that sound like Karen are Karena, Karene, Kareen and Koren.
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Popularity of Karen
Karen is a very popular first name for women (#13 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#35496 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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