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.
For more information, see also the related boy name Kendrick.
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. during the years 1960-1969, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted comparison of the usage of Ken and associated names. Kendrick (#334 last year), Kenneth (#191), Kenney, Kennith and Kenny (#839) are the prominent alternative forms of Ken listed in the Top 1000. These boy names reached the peak of their popularity during the years 1960-1969 (usage of 0.4892%) and have become much less popular since (usage 0.2727%, down 44.3%), with the forms Ken, Kennith and Kenny becoming less in vogue. Kendrick (#334) is the most contemporarily stylish baby name in this compilation. (2014 Birth Statistics)
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.