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What does Ken mean?

Ken Pronunciation of 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. Also form of Kendrick.



VARIANTS Kennan, Kenney, Kennie, Kenny


FEMININE FORMS Kanisha, Kendra, Kenisha



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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)

Ken entered the list in 1900-1909 and reached its highest rank of #220 in the U.S. in the 1960s, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Kendrick (#418 FROM RECENT DATA), Kenneth (#226), Kenney, Kennie and Kenny (#1001) are the prominent alternative forms of Ken 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 (#1274, DOWN 89.5%), with forms like Kenny becoming less in vogue. Kendrick is the most contemporarily stylish baby name in this compilation.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ken, Kendrick, Kenneth, Kenney, Kennie, Kenny in U.S.

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

Similar Names

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-sounding names are Ben, Den, Keh, Kent, Ker, Kern, Key, Len, Pen and Ren. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ken.