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pinWhat 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.


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

Affiliated boy name: Kendrick.

Ken has 4 more relations via Kenneth, Kenny: Kennet, Kennett, Kennith and Kinney.

Ken has 3 feminine forms: Kanisha, Kendra and Kenisha.

Kreatif forms: Kaken, Kenka, Kenni. [more]

pinHow 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. Census)

Charted below is the baby name popularity of Ken for boys. Ken entered the list in 1930-1939 and reached its highest rank of #230 in the U.S. in the 1960s, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ken name in U.S.

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

Below is a charted comparison of the usage of Ken and associated names. Kendrick (#334 2 years ago), Kenneth (#191), Kenney, Kennith and Kenny (#839) are the prominent alternative forms of Ken listed in the Top 1000. Other forms, like Kinney, are uncommon. These relations of Ken were favored by parents during the years 1960-1969 (average #510) and are somewhat less common today (#727, down 44.3%). Kenneth is a constant favorite, while Kendrick has gained in popularity over time, and Kenny is now somewhat dated. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ken, Kendrick, Kenneth, Kenney, Kennith, Kenny in U.S.

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

pinSimilar Names

Ken is pronounced similarly to Con, Kahn, Kain, Kane, Kean, Keane, Keen, Keene, Kenn, Keon, Keyne, Khan, Kian and Kiean. Other suggested similar baby names are Ben, Den, Kam, Kana, Kano, Keanu, Keh, Kent, Keoni, Ker, Kern, Key, Kim, Len, Pen and Ren. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ken.