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What does Keen mean?

Keen Pronunciation of Keen [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).


Keen has 3 variants: Kean, Keene and Keyne.

6 more different relations via Keane, Keenan: Keenen, Keenon, Kennan, Kennon, Kienan and Kienen.

Creative forms:
(male) Kaeen, Kenen, ..

(female) Keden, Keenna, ..

Middle name pairings:
Keen Jayvion (K.J.), ..

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?

with its source forms and related boy names. Prominent alternative forms of Keen (unlisted) ranked in the Top 2000 are Keenan (#931 in 2015), Keenen and Kennon. These forms of Keen were popular 18 years ago (adoption of 0.04%) and are now significantly less conventional (adoption 0.01%, 73% less), with the version Keenan becoming less in vogue. (2015 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 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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