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.more]
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. 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)
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)
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.