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What does Ken mean?

Ken Pronunciation of 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.


Ken has 4 variants: Kennan, Kenney, Kennie and Kenny.

Affiliated boy name: Kendrick.

1 more relation via Kenneth, Kenny: Kennet.

3 feminine forms: Kanisha, Kendra and Kenisha.

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)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ken name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ken outside U.S.

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.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ken, Kendrick, Kenneth, Kenney, Kennie, Kenny in U.S.

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

Similar Names

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.