What does Karen mean?
Karen [karen] as a girls' name is pronounced KARE-en. It is of Danish and Greek origin, and the meaning of Karen is "pure". Short form of Katherine. See also Caryn, Karina, and Keren. Writer Karen Blixen; singer Karen Carpenter; actress Karen Allen.
Karen▼ has 29 variants: 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▼.
Karen has 64 more relations via Caryn, Karina, Katherine, Keren: Cari▼, Carri, Cate, Catreen, Catrin, Caye, Kait, Kaitee, Kaitrin, Kaity, Kareen, Kareena, Kareina, Karena, Karenah, Karene, Karine, Karinna, Karinne, Karri, Karyna, Karynn, Kas, Kasia, Kasja, Kaska, Kass, Kassi, Kasya, Kat, Kata, Katchen, Kate, Katee, Katell, Katena, Katenka, Katey, Katha, Kathee, Kathi▼, Kathrene, Kathryn▼, Kathy▼, Kati, Katie▼, Katina▼, Katka, Katla, Katleen, Katrena, Katria, Katrien, Katrina▼, Katrine, Katrya, Katryna, Katy▼, Katya, Kay▼, Kaye▼, Kaylin, Kerena and Kerensa.Creative forms:
(female) Karenne, Karne, ..
(male) Karer, Karone, .. Middle name pairings:
Karen Lluvia (K.L.), ..
How popular is Karen?
Karen is a very prominent first name for women (#13 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#27848 out of 150436, Top 19%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name history of Karen for girls. Karen reached its apex position of #4 in the U.S. in the 1960s, and is at #504 currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Katherine (#84 the previous year), Catherine (#179), Kate (#222), Katie (#309), Kathryn (#319), Karina (#462), Kaylin (#619), Taryn (#1062), Carina (#1067), Katrina (#1167), Katy (#1547), Kathy (#1676), Keren (#1722), Kari (#1817), Kalina (#1837), Kathi, Kati, Katrena, Kay, Kaye, Katya, Katina, Karyn, Caryn, Cate, Carri, Caron, Cari, Carin, Karan, Karena, Caren, Kassi, Karri, Karren, Karin, Karon and Katey are the prominent variation forms of Karen (#504 the previous year) rated in the Top 2000. These relations of Karen were at the height of their popularity 6 decades ago (usage of 5.1%) and are now much less conventional (usage 0.7%, ▼85.6%), with versions such as Katy becoming somewhat outmoded.
Karen▼ is alike in pronunciation to Carine, Carreen, Carwen, Coreen, Coren, Corene, Corin, Coryn, Kariann, Karrine, Karyne, Kerin, Kerryn, Koreen, Koren, Korin, Korine, Korrin, Koryn, Koryne, Korynn and Kyrene. Other suggested similar names are Aren, Carden, Carmen, Casen, Dareen, Eaden, Eiren, Faren, Farren, Galen, Haven▲, Jaden▼, Kace, Kacey, Kade, Kadee, Kalea, Kalee, Kalen, Kalena, Kalene, Kamren, Karee, Karel, Karelyn, Karenna, Karess, Karie, Karis, Karla▼, Karlen, Karly, Karma, Karmel, Karmen, Karmin, Karmyn, Karol▼, Karra, Karrena, Karsten, Karys, Kasey▼, Kason, Katrin, Kore, Korena, Laken, Laren, Larren, Mareen, Maren and Sareen. These names tend to be less commonly used than Karen.See names in meaning and etymology.