What does Ken mean?
Ken [ken] as a boys' name is pronounced ken. It is of English origin. Short form of names beginning with Ken- such as Kenneth. Ken (Japanese) means "strong, physically healthy". The doll Barbie's boyfriend is named Ken. Baseball player Ken Griffey, Jr; singers Kenny Rogers, Kenny Loggins; saxophone player Kenny G; writer Ken Kesey.
Affiliated boy name: Kendrick.
1 more relation via Kenneth, Kenny: Kennet.Creative forms:
(male) Kan, Konn, ..
(female) Kero, Kli, .. Middle name pairings:
Ken Zade (K.Z.), ..
How popular is Ken?
Ken is a very popular first name for males (#265 out of 1220, Top 22%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#45403 out of 150436, Top 30%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Ken entered the list in 1900-1909 and reached its highest rank of #220 in the U.S. in the 1960s, and is at #1751 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Kendrick (#366 from recent data), Kenneth (#199), Kenney, Kennie and Kenny (#890) are the prominent alternative forms of Ken (#1751 from recent data) listed in the Top 2000. These relations of Ken were favored by parents in the 1950s (average #768) and have become much less common since (#1201, down 87.7%), with forms like Kenny becoming less in vogue. Kendrick is the most contemporarily stylish baby name in this compilation.
Ken▼ is pronounced similarly to Cain▲, Con, Conn, Kahn, Kain, Kaine, Kane▲, Kayne, Kean, Keane, Keen, Keene, Kenn, Keon, Keyne, Khan, Khanh, Kian▲, Kiean and Quin. Other suggested similar names are Ben▼, Den, Keh, Kent▼, Ker, Kern, Key, Len, Pen and Ren. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ken.