Baby Name Popularity, Data, and History


Meaning: Pure
Main Origin Language: Scandinavian
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In 2017 the name Karen...

• was given to 552 baby girls
• was the 556th most popular name for baby girls
• was 74% less popular than it was ten years ago
• was most popular in Iowa, California, and New York
• a unisex name which was given to girls 99% of the time
• was about as popular as Karla and Skyla
Babies Named Karen Born Per Year
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Per 100,000
Total Number
(In years of less than five births the number born is listed as zero and the rank was set to be the maximum rank)

Historically the name Karen...

• achieved it's highest popularity in 1956
• achieved it's lowest popularity in 2017
• is 97% less common in the 2010s than it was in the 1950s
• is 66% less common in the 2010s than it was in the 1990s
• has the most similar popularity history to Lynn, Sheryl, Gaylene, Guy, Wendell, Barry
• has the most opposite popularity history to Shoshana, Ilana, Alyson, Rafael, Benjamin, Britton
Rank Popularity of Baby Name Karen Per State
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Geographically the name Karen...

• 18% more popular west of the Mississippi than east of the Mississippi
• has the most similar state naming pattern as Scarlette, Nancy, Johanna, Nelson, Kellan, Moses
• has the most opposite state naming pattern as Brooklyn, Olivia, Amelia, Landon, Thomas, Hunter
Boy Names With Similar Spelling
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Average Age of Benjamin
54 Years
Benjamin is older than 83% of all names
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More information on Karen by the Baby Name Institute

• How many babies named Karen are born every second?
• What are the chances a kid named Karen will be the only kid named Karen in his class?
• How similar is the naming popularity of Karen compared to other names?
• How was each statistic for this page calculated?
• How does Karen rank among the top 2,500 names of the year?
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