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What does Keen mean?

Keen Pronunciation of Keen as a name for boys has the meaning "fighter; sharp, keen wit or eye; ancient". Keen is a variant form of Keane (Irish, Gaelic, Old English): actor Edmund Kean. Keen is also a derivative of Keenan (Irish, Gaelic).


ASSOCIATED WITH fighter (warrior), ancient (old)


VARIANTS Keyne, Keene, Kean

OTHER FORMS VIA KEANE, KEENAN Keenen, Keenon, Kennan, Kennon, Kienan, Kienen



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How popular is Keen?

Keen is an unusual first name for males but a very prominent surname for all people (#1906 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Which version is better?

Prominent alternative forms of Keen (UNLISTED) ranked in the Top 2000 are Keenan (#835 IN 2016), Keenen and Kennon. These forms of Keen were popular 19 years ago (ADOPTION OF 0.04%) and are now significantly less conventional (ADOPTION 0.01%, 68% LESS). (2016 BIRTH STATISTICS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Keenan, Keenen, Kennon in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Keen and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Keen is alike in pronunciation to Cain, Con, Conn, Kahn, Kain, Kaine, Kane, Kayne, Ken, Kenn, Keon, Khan, Khanh, Kian, Kiean and Quin. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Aden, Ameen, Aren, Asen, Beven, Deen, Den, Deven, Eben, Euen, Even, Ewen, Freen, Glen, Iven, Jeren, Jeven, Kadeen, Kaeden, Kagen, Keanu, Kearn, Keder, Keefe, Keegen, Keelin, Keely, Keer, Kees, Keh, Keir, Kell, Kellen, Kemp, Kennt, Kenny, Kent, Keoni, Kerem, Kern, Kevan, Keven, Keveon, Kevin, Kevon, Key, Keye, Keyes, Keys, Klein, Kleon, Koren, Neven, Pen, Regen, Ren, Ryen, Sten and Sven. These names tend to be more commonly used than Keen.

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