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Meaning and name origin

Ken \ken\ as a boy's 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 variant forms: Kennan, Kenney, Kennie and Kenny.

For more information, see also the related boy name Kendrick.

There are 3 feminine forms of Ken: Kanisha, Kendra and Kenisha.


Ken is a very popular first name for males (#265 out of 1220, Top 22%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#33523 out of 88799, Top 38%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Ken for boys (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Ken and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Kenneth (#191), Kendrick (#334), Kenny (#839), Ken and Kenney. (2014 statistics).

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Kenneth, Kenny outside U.S.

Similar Names

Ken is also 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.