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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.
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.
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).
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