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.
Ken▼ has 1 more relation via Kenneth, Kenny: Kennet.Kreatif forms:
(male) Kan, Konn, ..
(female) Kenka, Kleen, ..
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)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Ken for boys. Ken entered the list in 1900-1909 and reached its highest rank of #220 in the U.S. in the 1960s, and is at #1771 currently. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)
Below is a charted comparison of the usage of Ken and associated names. Kendrick (#334 from recent data), Kenneth (#191), Kenney, Kennie and Kenny (#839) are the prominent alternative forms of Ken (#1771 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 (#1189, down 86.7%), with forms like Kenny becoming less in vogue. Kendrick is the most contemporarily stylish baby name in this compilation.
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.