|Number in U.S||👶 989,000|
|Rate in 2021||1532|
|Name origin||🌍 English|
Although it is true that Karen is the Danish version of Catalina, when we talk about the meaning of Karen, we have to go back to the Greek culture. This is because Karen is a variant of Katherine, a popular name of Greek origin that comes from the word Katharos: "pure" or "chaste".
When we talk about the origin of the name Karen, we must take into account two cultures. On the one hand, Karen is the Danish version of the traditional name Catherine, so we can say that its origin is Danish.
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Karen,no middle name.Born 1940. Named after my Grandmother and Great-grandmother (Mother and daughter both named Karen)who came to America from Denmark.Always liked my name however in my earlier years too many; in school, always had to put our last initial on our papers we handed in. Also othe's in different work places at the'same time as myself, so was confusing. In recent years I seldom meet another Karen. Always liked my name with that one exception (too many of us in the'same place at the'same time--when I was younger) A dignified name -- a family name passed to me. Happy to have it. Five people that I know of have named their daughters after myself--4 Karen's and 1 Kay(short version for Karen)
I was born in 1974 during the height of popularity of the name Karen. I always liked my name. I had three girls in my class named Karen and there were probably 8 or 10 Karen's in my high school class. I don't hear of many babies being named Karen'today.
My name is Karen Jean and I was born in 1936. I never had another girl in my class with my name the whole time I went to school. Everybody was named Barbara or Patricia. Karen is Danish and Norwegian for Katherine and is pronounced Car-in. In the USA It's pronounced Care- en.
My name is Karen and i've always liked the name. There weren't many othe's during my baby boomer upbringing. (I was born in 1964.) I have to wonder if the Karen Letitia who commented above is related to me -- since Letitia is somewhat of a family name that many women in my family had as a middle or first name.
I used to really dislike my name. I always felt like it was an older ladies name. (It is, in fact, my mother's name as well.) But now that I am grown, I do like having this name. I have never been'teased because of it and I think it is somewhat sophisticated.
My parents met the actor Peter Lorre and his girlfriend by chance in the'san Bernardino, CA mountains at some point before I was born. His wife's name was Karen Verne. They had been'thinking about naming me Sharon but decided on Karen after that encounter. Peter and Karen divorced in 1962, I was born in 1963.
I was born in 1972 and I hate my name, I always have. I knew a couple more in school and around the neighbourhood growing up and they were over thrilled with it either. I am pleased that people call me K.
i have always disliked my name, always been one of five or so in the class room or at work it reminds me of the mundane
this is my name, I went to a very small school and there were 3 other girls with this name. I did have to put up with a lot of joking though, everyone said it as needa so all kinds of things got put with it for what I needed...I just laughed it off and went on. My friends would also call me neeter and family was nene because younger kids couldn't say Anita. It's been an okay name, but I like some other names better, but it could have been worse.
I'm called Karen, i don't meet many other people from Ireland called Karen so i like it. Nobody ever'spells or says it wrong. Its all good. I was born in the 80s so that might explain why i don't meet many other Karens.
A beautiful feminine Scandinavian name, Karen has stood the test of time for centuries and will for centuries to come. The USA has no truly American names, they borrow from other cultures. Kennedy, Jordan, Madison are heavily masculine names, hardly an asset in life for girls and women.
It is the Danish and Norwegian form of Katherine and they pronounce it Car in. Here in the USA we say Care en. My grandmother named me because she lived in So. Dakota and there were a lot of Norwegian people there and it was an unusual name in the 1930's
I love being Karen. I didn't like the plain middle name I was given. Wish I had been a Karen Nicole, Karen Grace, instead of Karen Anne! I had two close friends also named Karen. I like the name because it reminds me of being "caring" and goes along with names like Hope, Joy, and Faith!
I love my name. It's very sophisticated, and I have never met another teenager with the name Karen. You'really can't go wrong with it.
i've always liked this name--so simple and pretty.
I love my name. i've never met another persom my age with Karen as their name. Only my teache's or my friend's parents. :)People also compliment it a lot and It's not hard to say or spell.
Karen is a decent name, however in recent years the name "Karen" has been used as a pejorative term for a self-entitled white woman, one website has the following definition of the name "Karen" "Karen is a pejorative term used in the United States and other English-speaking countries for a woman perceived as entitled or demanding beyond the'scope of what is appropriate or necessary. A common stereotype is that of a white woman who uses her privilege to demand her own way at the expense of othe's." So while Karen was a decent name back in the day, I don't recommend it as a baby name anytime soon
The prettiest girl I ever knew is named Heather Madelene, blue eyes, blonde hair, freckles... She'said she would marry me but then went crazy and changed her mind. I think she did marry some guy later on and drove him crazy!
I was born in 1991 and have always known at least 5 other Karens in my life. It was very popular here in Scotland in the 70's. I often joke that i've never met a Karen younger than me! One of my best friends is called Karen, the other'sharon, LOL! 70's babies right enough. I actually really like my name and would love to see more people name their babies Karen nowadays (anything othe than NI'mh would be nice, seems to be the name de jour!). Karen will come back into fashion one day I'm sure! I was almost called Kathleen so I feel lucky as I'm really not a fan of Kathleen (sorry if that's your name).
I was born the last out of 6 children in 1968, and named Karen, no middle name. As I grew older and realized all my sibblings had namesakes, I asked who I was named after. My mom said the girl born 1/2 hour before me in the hospital. As an adult, for fun when I'met someone in my age group I would as their birthdate, looking for my Karen, beli've it or not, I found the girl born 1/2 hour before me in our city in the'same hospital. Through out all my school years, I was the only Karen in class.
My name is Karen and I have 3 other people in my school who are named Karen.No one ever pronounce my name wrong but a lot of the time people spell my name wrong like they spell it Karin or Karyn.I think Karen is a very beautiful name because the people I have met that are named Karen have beautiful personalities?❤️
I find my name, Karen Jean Anderson, to be so common it is VERY annoying. Including myself I actually know 4 people named Karen Anderson. I always wanted something a little more exotic. Less white bread.
Karen wouldn't be such a fun name to have growing up, It'seems kinda like a grown womans name.
I was born in 1974. There were 3 Karens in my grade 1 class so we were all called Karen along with our middle name. There was Karen Lynn, Karen Marie and I was Karen Pearl, named after my mother. I hated the name Pearl and unfortunately It'stuck all through elementary school with me being called Karen Pearl. Today I still love my name but people can figure out my age knowing when my name was popular.
It's inter'sting to read that'some people think of Karen as an older person's name. i've been a Karen since I was born in 1981, and I never considered its having an age before. I know a few other Karen's (there are four of us in the'school where I teach right now), and we are all fairly close in age. I haven't met a younger one, though. I do know that every Karen i've met has been a friendly person.
in 1966 i was named karen ann. my mother'said it was modern and popular at that time. ann was the middle name of my aunt. in school i graduated with 1,327 students. there was 2 other girls with that name. i have been in the work force for over 40yrs. i have never worked with another karen. i have always liked my name. it is a strong feminine name. i am very glad my mother went with her instincts, because my father wanted to name me arlene.i wear my name proudly. thankyou mom.
My older'sisters named me Karen after the main character in The Red Shoes by the Brother's GrI'm - our dad read it to them while Mom was giving birth to me (in the 50s). A fairy tale and a beautiful ballet - In the'story, Karen is punished for vainly choosing a pair of red shoes from the'shoemaker. When she puts the enchanted shoes on, they start to dance, taking her with them. She can't stop them or take them off. As you may expect, the ending is grusome and involves a woodcutter. i've met very few Karen, Karin or other'spellings. I want to like my name but always thought it a bit boring and childlike. As an adult, I go by my middle name Mercedes, but my sisters still call me Karen:)
i've never been'to fond of my name. It's just recently at 19,that I realize how much It'suits me.Growing up,I used to be the only Karen in my classes even sometimes entire school.Because I use mostly french on a daily basis,people pronounce it the french way 'ka-reine'*reh-ne* and it used to annoy me. I think a lot of hispanics have this name too nowadays.Anyways,the only problem I have with my name is that it tends to be too common but i've learned to like it :).
I love my name although there is not many nicknames like mimi for maya an lud bug for lydia
It's my name and It's plain, not ugly, and you don't get any weird nicknames so It's fine. my middle name is Camilla which i can't stand.
I'm 14 and my name is Karen. i've met only one person before I went to highschool with the name "Karen." i've met three Karen's in highschool. I don't like to share the'same name as another person but I do like my name. It'sounds childish and mature.
Born in 1977....when it was the third most popular baby girl name. Karen Patricia I knew of one other Karen in my High School...my class was about 900 students. My Dad wanted to name me Jean but, once they laid eyes on me, they changed it. I like my name....but it is kind of funny that It's considered an ?old lady? name now. I NEVER hear anyone naming their child Karen'these days. If I'meet another Karen by chance, I totally know about how old she is. I feel bonded to other Karen?s my age. My older'sister is named Elizabeth. Her name is classic and still popular. But, I'm blessed, either way. Never really had a nickname in school....but my family called me Keer for fun.
I have a four year old named Karen Layne(2017) named after her grandmother (born 1948). I think that'she won't have to worry about sharing her name'since her class will be full of Olivias, Sophias, Bellas, Peytons, and Paisleys.
I was born in 1968...my name is Karen Lea. Had several Karen's in my class and now now atleast 4 Karen's. We ll were born in the 50s. I have never thought of it as an older name, although now I think the Karen generation is identified by birth in the 50s give or take a few years earlier or later. Pronounced Keren..but in the Deep south..pronounced Kayrun. Don't like that!
Love the name Karen, feel It'sounds strong and feminine. Born in 1982 in the'states, it was popular but not overly so (typically one other girl in my class with the'same name). My parents named me Karen Ren?e, which I think go well together. Friends (when younger) mainly nicknamed me Kare or Kare Bear; only my BrIt'sh friend calls me Kazza, which I think is cute.
I'm a Karen born in 1980 and It's ok. Never loved it, never hated it, always wished I would have had a nickname other than K. What is REALLY annoying me now is that I get asked all the time (usually by those 25 & under) how to spell my name, with a C or with a K! Seriously? Just because a handful of people in their teens are named Caren, assume that everyone else is with a K unless You're told otherwise!!
I love my name.Was born in the fifties.I have noticed how often lately this name is used on a tv show,movie or commercial.Pretty cool!
I love my name Karen Elizabeth(sister of Linda Ann).Born in 1960, I was supposed to be a boy.My mom suggested naming me Roberta to appease my dad but fortunately he'said no. My favorite aunt gave me my middle name.In higher grades, I was called "Tall Karen" by my teache's due to the popularity of my name. No nicknames for me but that's okay. I am inter'sted in baby names and one time I read of a Karen Elizabeth born on my birthday! Parents need to more aware of the names they pick and how it can influence a child's life and not be so trendy-trendy.
My name is Karen Louise, and I am proud of it! I was born into a military in 1972. We moved several times during my growing up and I still love traveling. My nicknames were usually based on the fact that I have red hair, not the name Karen. I always had fun writing the K just as fancy as I possibly could. For me Karen will always be spelled with a K, the proper way.
Born in 1977, there were so many Karen's. I never was crazy about my name and I'm still not . I always wanted to be something elegant like Elizabeth or Sarah. I read a comment above by another Karen Anne (Ann), who was also nicknamed Kay Kay. Pretty neat that there is someone out there similar to me. There were lots of siblings named Karen & Kathy, like we were also. In another comment someone mentioned pronunciation in the north and south. My experience is actually the polar opposite. South Kay-i-run, and North Karn in one syllable.
i've always loved my name Karen Leigh - born in 1976. There was only one other Karen in my school growing up. It's a strong, feminine name and easy to pronounce. I'm not embarrassed to say my name in business meetings either.
Born in '62, knew only 5 or 6 other Karen's over the years. Knew a couple of Caren's with a C. No nicknames. I love my name. I wasn't crazy about it when I was a child, because I preferred something I considered "prettier" like Susan or Michelle. But by young adulthood I grew to really like my name. Like so many here have said, Karen is feminine and graceful but strong. It's strong and calm feminine rather than "frilly" girly. I'm very glad to hear Karen more frequently lately for characters on TV, usually in their 30s or younger! I don't want my lovely name to die out as an 'old lady name'! My youngest son's girlfriend's name is Karen Nicole, and she is 18, so that is a good sign. It's a strong sweet sexy name, bring it back!
I have always liked my name, Karen and my middle name is Ann. I was born in 1964 and have only known of 2 other girls named Karen, one in Catholic grade school and the other in Public High School. I never run into other Karens, and I like it that it is rare. My friends call me Kare, or Carebear as a nickname and when I was little my 4 brothe's and sisters called me T'ann because I'm the oldest and they couldn't say Karen, my mom even called my that'sometimes as an endearment. My family has strong German origins and I read someone else's comment that it is a good German name, now that made me really proud of my name, my one brother is Frank and I knew his was German. Supposedly,my mother named me Karen as it is a take on Katherine, which was my Grandmothe's name on my mothe's side. Not sure if it really is a take on Katherine, but that is what my mother beli'ved. I love my name: Karen Ann
My name is Karen Stella and i really like my name because i was always the only karen in class, it made me feel unique . There were a lot of Hannah s and Ashley s btw. I was born in 2000 . My family pronounces it KAH-ren , everybody else ke-ren.
I love my name! My namesake is my great-grandmother from Denmark. She was loved by all the family, so I have a few cousins who are also named Karen. I am one of those who was born in 1935. Yes! I am 78.
I was born in 1964 when it was becoming very popular. I have a cousin named Karen and my best friend is named Karen. I also work with a Karen. I like my name and always have. I was so named because my family is frm Germany and it is used there though mostly with an "i". I like that there are no nick names for it. It has served me well. I work in a school and I don't think Ive heard of a child named Karen in years.
My name is Carin pronounced Karen and i have to admit i have never been made fun of because of my name'so i guess its pretty cool. It's not overly common either'so it all works out.
My name was Karan, pronounced the'same as Karen but my mother wanted to spell it differently. I never liked it! The'spelling really annoyed me too. I changed it by deed poll in my early 20's and it was one of the best things I ever did :)
I love this name. It's so simple yet you can't mispronounce it.
I was born karen Nicole in 1993. I love my name I sometimes change the'spelling to karyn, I think It's more feminine with a y. That's just me but I wouldn't trade my name for the world.
My name is Karen and I was born in 1990. My mum wanted a name that couldnt be shortened and thought that this was the name . . funny though as My friends all call me Kaz !!
I don't even'think people name babies Karen. They just show up at age 35 with two kids to complain to retail workers and ask if they can speak to the manager.
I love the name Karen, but hate my middle name June, i get called Kow, Kazza Kay, Kazzie, Kazza Bazza, Kaz- it goes on, my favourite is Kazzie or Kazza, i named my daughters middle name after mine and she loves it, i was born in 1982 and i have known quite a few Karens older and younger than me in my life- love my name! x
I was born in the 1962's and in high school, It'seemed there were lots of Karen's, so I thought my name was common, boring. But since then i've liked it -- It's simple yet has a nice sound, easy to pronounce, and seems strong yet sweet. I like its meaning "pure".
My name is Karen, born in 1963. My middle name is Barbara which is a bit unusual. i've always liked my name, because It's a strong name but also a soft name. A great name that was not overly used for It's time like some othe's from the 1962's. I'm happy that my name could never be shortened or having a nickname. Once in a while I'might get called Kare. Thanks Dad for naming me.
I like my name. The only thing I don't like is that It'seems to be associated with older ladies. I was born in 1976 but DON'T feel old..lol. However, i've noticed that the name has been used ALOT on tv lately for different characters, many of the actors portraying a younger person. Commercials, sitcoms, movies and ect. So much lately, that everytime it happens, I tell my husband SEE my name is coming back! I like that it has the'sound "care" in it. I think it would look very modern spelled Karyn or Karin. But It'seems traditional names are coming back. Also, i've never been nicknamed from "karen" but I read where some women named Karen are nicknamed Kaz or Kazzie. While I don't get the connection, I think that's kind of cute.
I was born in 1984. My name is Karen Violet. I was never embarrassed or made fun of for my name Karen, but was actually embarrasssd by my middle name Violet. My mom was Violet and she hated the name. But everyone tells me they think Karen Violet sounds pretty and I have grown to love my names together... I never went to school with any Karen's but at the company I work at there are 7 Karens. Only one is younger than me. Most are around 10 years older.
i luv the name karen, becaues It's my name..... what does it mean?
i guess the name karen is okay...i dont have any nicknames, though...except in my spanish class i am called karin, which is the'spanish version of karen. I am 13 years old.
I have grown to love my name. I didn't like It'so much growing up because It's such an older'sounding name (born in 2003) but i've grown to love it. Mine is spelled Karyn and I love my middle name with it Alexandra. i've recently heard that the name Karen'typically has the nickname Kaz which is a little weird but kinda cute.
I never liked it much, I'm a 1967 baby and my mom liked it. I have grown to love it, I never met anyone with that name until I turned 50 and now i've met tons of them all spelled the'same way, I do hate any other'spelling of it. Karen it is! My family and close friends call me Kar and one friend calls me Kitty, but i've grown to love it. I never went to school with another Karen ever. I always say when asked my name, Karen, normal spelling.
I was born in 1975 and I love my name. You can't mispronounce it, your sure It's a girl's name, you can't shorten it to something horrid. I have always thought it was a strong, yet feminine name.
My name is Karen and i was born in 1985, and it was pretty popular then. Despite this, i only ever had a couple of other karen's in my school/ workplace. it is common enough, but more unique than Katherine/ Kate.
I was named after an Aunt Karen. Have a cousin Karen. My kindergarden'teacher was named Karen. My next door neighbor (she was a year older) was named Karen. I was one of three Karens in a high school class of 100 girls. There was also a Kerrin, Maren and a Taryn. Now that I'm pushing 30 and no longer living in the NE, I can finally go just by my first name and not Karen Q.
i've never been made fun of because of my name. It's not necessarily a popular name that I have noticed but I have never been'the only Karen in school or in the office.
My sister's name is Karen Elise. She was born in 2000. She went to school with one Karin. She goes to college with one Karin. She works with a Caren. And the previous owner of her horse was named Karen. So she knows 4 other Karens.
Nowadays, everyone wants their name to be different, so i've seen Karen, Karin, Karyn, etc. Seems to have been its most popular in late 50's. That and Debbie.
Karen is my name and I like it. When I was born in 1938, it was not known by many. Although I knew a girl in Iowa with the'same. I think my mother may have heard it on a radio show.
Unpopular opinion: pretty overrated and too frilly
I am from South Africa, Karen is not a very common name - just love being unique.... a proud karen
I love my name! I was named after Karen Carpenter as my Mum was a massive fan!