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What does Karen mean?

Karen Pronunciation of Karen as a girls' name is pronounced KARE-en. It is of Danish and Greek origin, and the meaning of Karen is "pure". Short form of Katherine. See also Caryn, Karina, and Keren. Writer Karen Blixen; singer Karen Carpenter; actress Karen Allen. Also form of Catherine.


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, pure (virgin)


VARIANTS Caren, Carin, Caron, Caronn, Carren, Carrin, Carron, Carryn, Caryn, Carynn, Carynne, Karan, Kari, Karin, Karna, Karon, Karren, Karrin, Karryn, Karyn, Kerran, Kerrin, Kerron, Kerrynn, Keryn, Kerynne, Taran, Taren, Taryn

SEE ALSO Careen, Carina, Kalina

RELATIONS VIA CARYN, KARINA, KATHERINE, KEREN Cari, Carri, Cate, Catreen, Catrin, Caye, Kait, Kaitee, Kaitrin, Kaity, Kareen, Kareena, Kareina, Karena, Karenah, Karene, Karine, Karinna, Karinne, Karri, Karyna, Karynn, Kas, Kasia, Kasja, Kaska, Kass, Kassi, Kasya, Kat, Kata, Katchen, Kate, Katee, Katell, Katena, Katenka, Katey, Katha, Kathee, Kathi, Kathrene, Kathryn, Kathy, Kati, Katie, Katina, Katka, Katla, Katleen, Katrena, Katria, Katrien, Katrina, Katrine, Katrya, Katryna, Katy, Katya, Kay, Kaye, Kaylin, Kerena, Kerensa

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How popular is Karen?

Karen is a very prominent first name for women (#13 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#27848 out of 150436, Top 19%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Karen reached its apex position of #4 in the U.S. in the 1960s, and is at #635 currently. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karen name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Katherine (#112 THE PREVIOUS YEAR), Catherine (#204), Kate (#285), Katie (#449), Kathryn (#453), Karina (#600), Kaylin (#938), Carina (#1072), Kalina (#1484), Taryn (#1504), Katrina (#1516), Kari (#1569), Keren (#1654), Katy (#1790), Katrena, Katya, Katina, Kay, Kati, Kathy, Kaye, Kathi, Caren, Katey, Kassi, Cari, Karri, Karren, Karon, Karin, Karena, Karan, Cate, Caryn, Carri, Caron, Carin and Karyn are the prominent variation forms of Karen (#635) rated in the Top 2000. These relations of Karen were at the height of their popularity 7 decades ago (USAGE OF 4.2%) and are now much less conventional (USAGE 0.5%, 87.3%), with versions such as Karin becoming somewhat outmoded.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karen, Caren, Cari, Carin, Carina in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Caron, Carri, Caryn, Cate, Catherine in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kalina, Karan, Karena, Kari, Karin in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karina, Karon, Karren, Karri, Karyn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kassi, Kate, Katey, Katherine, Kathi in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kathryn, Kathy, Kati, Katie, Katina in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Katrena, Katrina, Katy, Katya, Kay in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kaye, Kaylin, Keren, Taryn in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Karen, Catherine, Karin, Kate, Katherine outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Kathryn, Katie, Katrina outside U.S.

Similar Names

Karen is alike in pronunciation to Carine, Carreen, Carwen, Coreen, Coren, Corene, Corin, Coryn, Kariann, Karrine, Karyne, Kerin, Kerryn, Koreen, Koren, Korin, Korine, Korrin, Koryn, Koryne, Korynn and Kyrene. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Aren, Carden, Carmen, Casen, Dareen, Eaden, Eiren, Faren, Farren, Galen, Haven, Jaden, Kace, Kacey, Kade, Kadee, Kalea, Kalee, Kalen, Kalena, Kalene, Kamren, Karee, Karel, Karelyn, Karenna, Karess, Karie, Karis, Karla, Karlen, Karly, Karma, Karmel, Karmen, Karmin, Karmyn, Karol, Karra, Karrena, Karsten, Karys, Kasey, Kason, Katrin, Kore, Korena, Laken, Laren, Larren, Mareen, Maren and Sareen. These names tend to be less commonly used than Karen.

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