What does Karen mean?
Karen \k(a)-ren\ 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 18 more related variations via Caryn, Karina, Katherine, Keren: Kareen, Kareena, Kareina, Karena, Karenah, Karene, Karine, Karri, Karyna, Karynn, Kate, Katee, Katena, Katey, Katrena, Katrien, Kaye▼ and Kerena.
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 popularity of Karen for girls. Karen reached its apex position of #3 in the U.S. during 1960-1969, and is at #492 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Katherine (#83 the previous year), Catherine (#170), Kate (#207), Karina (#429), Taryn (#853), Karren, Karri, Karyn, Kaye, Karin, Caron, Carina, Caryn, Karan, Caren, Kari and Karon are the prominent variation forms of Karen (#492 the previous year) rated in the Top 1000. These girl names were at the height of their popularity during the years 1970-1979 (usage of 0.3772%) and are now much less widespread (usage 0.2092%, down 44.5%), with versions such as Taryn, Karen, Carina, Karon and Caren becoming somewhat outmoded. Kate (#207) and Karina (#429) are two of the more fashionable birth names in this compilation, and there is also a rebound in birth name usage for Kate. Below is a charted analysis of the usage of Karen and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Karen▼ is alike in pronunciation to Carwen, Coren, Karyne, Kerin, Koreen, Koren, Korin, Koryn and Kyrene. Other suggested similar baby names are Faren, Kalen, Kamren, Karee, Karel, Karenna, Karlen, Karma▼, Karmen, Karrena, Korena, Laren and Maren. These names tend to be less commonly used than Karen.