Karen

Karen - A very unique female name



  Jan 17,2019      Abigail Adams, Editorial writer   

Karen, meaning pure, appeared on the charts for the first time in 1914 on position #1441. In this article you'll learn the history of this name, statistics, see famous people named Karen and more.
Are you having a baby or looking to learn more about the name Karen? Our experts and editorial staff have gathered trends and insights for 30,000+ baby names over the last 100 years -- And on this page you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the name Karen. The baby girl name Karen was given to 848 baby girls in 2012, ranking #358 on the national girl baby name top chart.

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With that position 1 in 1,667 baby girls were given this name - making this a very unique female name according to our Popularity Score algorithm. Karen peaked in popularity 54 years ago in 1965 on position 3.



Famous with this name

Karen Gillan
Karen Everett
Karen Allen


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Karen is currently topping the charts in...

Did you know that popularity can vary a lot between states? Karen is currently topping the baby name charts in District of Columbia at position #157 - and is the least popular in Michigan at position #1,013.

Why care about state specific baby name charts? It could be that a name that is very popular on the national overall charts is less (or even more) popular where you live. So make sure you check out the state specific charts below and find out how popular or unique Karen is where you live.


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Karen origin and meaning

Karen is a 5 letter name with 2 syllables. This name means pure. To see famous people named Karen, pop culture references for the name Karen and nicknames & variations - visit Nameberry or Wikipedia.

Similar to Karen

We've found the following names that sound similar to Karen, sorted by popularity.

Karina / Karin / Karyn / Karon / Karma / Karmen / Keren / Karan / Karime / Karyme /

Name statistics


Most parents-to-be know if they want a popular or unique name, and with these charts and data tables you can easily get a better understanding of how popular or unique this name is.

With a quick glance you can easily tell if this name is increasing or declining in popularity - But note that its current popularity can actually differ a lot from state to state.

Chart position per year (visualized)



Chart position per state (visualized)



Chart position per year (table view)


Year Rank
2012358
2011289
2010248
2009230
2008187
2007165
2006173
2005164
2004155
2003140
2002150
2001149
2000155
1999149
1998152
1997145
1996134
1995142
1994128
1993116
1992123
1991122
1990119
1989110
1988112
1987107
1986100
198587
198482
198377
198268
198164
198054
197946
197839
197732
197631
197527
197426
197323
197221
197115
197012
196913
19689
19676
19665
19653
19644
19634
19624
19615
19604
19594
19584
19575
19567
19558
19548
19539
19528
19518
195012
194911
194812
194713
194615
194516
194416
194315
194216
194119
194034
193939
193850
1937113
1936132
1935173
1934259
1933286
1932372
1931540
1930737
1929834
1928845
19271105
19261034
19251262
19241452
19221317
19201898
19191849
19181317
19171298
19161752
19151495
19141441

Chart position per state (table view)


State Rank
District of Columbia157
Texas203
New Jersey225
California239
New York261
New Mexico311
Tennessee314
Nebraska330
Oregon333
Maryland338
Kansas341
Illinois351
Massachusetts373
Georgia380
Virginia401
North Carolina402
Iowa429
Florida434
Oklahoma438
Alabama442
Washington457
Kentucky467
Pennsylvania487
Ohio499
Connecticut500
Colorado503
Arizona513
Indiana535
Mississippi536
Minnesota558
Utah710
Michigan1013

Even more about Karen


These are some of the common questions you may want to have answered to know if this is the perfect name for your baby.

Is Karen a common or unique name?

By analyzing the number of births and frequency of this name we've determined that it's currently a very unique female name.

What is the number of syllables for the name Karen?

2 syllables. Why is this important? One of the things that makes a baby name sound good and have a nice rythm is the number of syllables - and especially the number of syllables along with the syllable count for your last name. A simple rule is to avoid having the same number of syllables in your first, middle and last name.

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#
On chart
1965
Peak year
Female


Popularity Score™

Name Karen
Gender Female
Popularity 1 in 1,667
Letter count 5
Syllable count 2
Year first discovered 1914
2012 births +848

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