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Karen

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Meaning and origin
Karen is a Greek girl name. The meaning of the name is `Pure `.


Where is it used?
The name Karen is mainly used in Danish and in English.

How do they say it elsewhere?
Caitlin (In Irish and in English)
Karyn (In English)
Katherine (In English)
Caryn (In English)
Kara (In English)
Caren (In English)
Carin (In English)


See also
In Welsh: Catrin
In Swedish and in Finnish: Karin
In Swedish: Kajsa
In Spanish: Catalina
In Spanish: Catherina
In Scandinavian: Kaia
In Russian and in Bulgarian: Ekaterina
In Romanian: Ecaterina
In Polish: Katarzyna
In Norwegian: Kari
In Jewish: Reina
In Italian and in Portuguese: Catarina
In Italian and in Catalan: Caterina
In Irish and in Scottish: Catriona
In Irish: Caitria
In Hungarian: Katalin
In Greek: Aikaterine
In German, Swedish, Hungarian, Croatian and in Serbian: Katarina
In German and in English: Katharine
In German, Danish, Dutch and in Polish: Katrine
In German: Katarine
In German: Katharina
In German: Käthe
In German: Katja
In Finnish: Katariina
In Finnish: Kaisa
In English and in French: Catherine
In English: Katherina
In English: Kit
In English: Kitty
In English: Kathy
In English: Kathi
In English: Kathryn
In English: Kathie
In English: Kat
In English: Cathryn
In English: Kate (F)
In Dutch: Katrien
In Czech: Katerina
In Breton: Katarin
In Other languages: Khara


What Karen`s say about their name
  1. The best thing about the name Karen:
    It's easy to pronounce and remember; it has a nice sound to it.
    The worst thing about the name:
    In my age group (62), there's a lot of us.
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    my parents would have named me Rachel.
    Extra information:
    I would often thank my parents for naming me Karen - I love my name!
  2. The best thing about the name Karen:
    Its short ,easy to say,cute,not common so ou can be special!
    The worst thing about the name:
    ... nothing???
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    it would be Karen
    Extra information:
    Karen has a good meaning. It is specil. I LOVE IT!!
  3. The best thing about the name Karen:
    It sounds strong and lady like at the same time. Beautiful meaning.
    The worst thing about the name:
    Nothing!
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    Id lose my identity!!!
    Extra information:
    Go for it! Your daughter will thank you. I love my name. Karen rules!!!
  4. The best thing about the name Karen:
    I'AM A TWIN NAMED KAREN HER NAME IS SHARON THEY SOUND GOOD TOGEYHER
    The worst thing about the name:
    MY SISTER CALLED ME BARON
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    THEY CALL ME SHARON TO
    Extra information:
  5. The best thing about the name Karen:
    My Mother chose it for me
    The worst thing about the name:
    people calling me Kaz and Kazza
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    Carrie
    Extra information:
    be happy
  6. The best thing about the name Karen:
    My Mother chose it for me
    The worst thing about the name:
    people calling me Kaz and Kazza
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    Carrie
    Extra information:
    be happy
  7. The best thing about the name Karen:
    itz classy n cul
    The worst thing about the name:
    itz pronounced wrong
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    OMG
    Extra information:
  8. The best thing about the name Karen:
    it ok and its not used a lot
    The worst thing about the name:
    i dont have a nickname and people usually spell it wrong
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    i dont know
    Extra information:
  9. The best thing about the name Karen:
    It's short and nice!
    The worst thing about the name:
    want to have a nickname but I dont!
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    Blaire
    Extra information:
    I love the meaning of 'Karen'
  10. The best thing about the name Karen:
    It's short.
    The worst thing about the name:
    I encounter Karen at work. I did not know any Karens while growing up. My family mispronounced it when I was younger as Kay-ren. I taught myself how to pronounce it by thinking Kare-n.
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    It would be Michelle.
    Extra information:
    I did not think it could have a nickname until I searched for one today. Though I was called KayKay which I never liked.
  11. The best thing about the name Karen:
    The name is easy to pronounce and I like the meaning.
    The worst thing about the name:
    Nothing really only when people misspell it like this: Karin, Karyn, or Caren.
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    I like my name.
    Extra information:
    It goes with just about any last name.
  12. The best thing about the name Karen:
    I'm french so it's not common in France.people always think that i'm english or american, it's funny !
    The worst thing about the name:
    when you are french, with an english name, people think that your family spends too much time watching TV !!
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    my second name is Angelique, but I would prefer Helena
    Extra information:
  13. The best thing about the name Karen:
    Nothing good about this name
    The worst thing about the name:
    totally common.
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    It would have been Karl if I had been a boy. Otherwise Suzanne or Christine
    Extra information:
    There will be an awful lot of old ladies in the UK and US called 'karen' soon!
  14. The best thing about the name Karen:
    I like that it's shortened to Kaz.
    The worst thing about the name:
    Nothing.
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    It would be Joanne.
    Extra information:
  15. The best thing about the name Karen:
    It's easy to pronounce - no one gets it wrong, unlike my last name
    The worst thing about the name:
    Having to be known as Karen M in class because there were so many other Karens in my class
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    I would change it to something very unique
    Extra information:
  16. The best thing about the name Karen:
    I had it for 52 years now and no one ever said it wrong.
    The worst thing about the name:
    That some think it's an old dull name. At least when I'm in a crowd and they call out the so called popular names...hundreds of heads look up..but not mine...because I am unique in my name. What a confusion in that crowd!
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    I would put every alphabet in front of aren instead of a K and see how it sounds...like Jaren.
    Extra information:
    All you out there...don't get too caught up in names...the worst place to see your name is at the end of life on a tomb stone. So enjoy the name you were named with!
  17. The best thing about the name Karen:
    Not too many people have it. It is not common like most names nowadays.It also spells if your put a C instead of a K..it means CARE..we do care.
    The worst thing about the name:
    NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    I would like Scarlett or Brandi.
    Extra information:
    A name is very important in life. It follows you and your reputation where ever you go. Do you ever forget the name Jesus? He had a perfect reputation and we never forget him.
  18. The best thing about the name Karen:
    It is a warm sounding name.
    The worst thing about the name:
    It is an old name.
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    Alex
    Extra information:
    I have the nicknames K. , Ren, and Carinosa.
  19. The best thing about the name Karen:
    Short and cute
    The worst thing about the name:
    Very common
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    Katalina
    Extra information:
  20. The best thing about the name Karen:
    I think it's pretty and it's easy to spell and pronounce. Also, it's no longer common today.
    The worst thing about the name:
    It was overused in the 60's and 70's.
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    It would likely be Lisa or Heather.
    Extra information:
    none
  21. The best thing about the name Karen:
    its meaning and the way its pronounced.
    The worst thing about the name:
    nothing
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    kandal
    Extra information:
    i always get c0mplimentad by both boys and gals about ma name.
  22. The best thing about the name Karen:
    it is pure
    The worst thing about the name:
    it is too short
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    i would be named something else,maybe Janice.
    Extra information:
    the name karen is soo beautifull in terms of pronouncing it.
  23. The best thing about the name Karen:
    No Nicknames
    The worst thing about the name:
    No Nicknames
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:

    Extra information:
  24. The best thing about the name Karen:
    It means pure
    The worst thing about the name:
    You can't simplify it
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    It would probably Emma
    Extra information:
  25. The best thing about the name Karen:
    just me...I was named after my mom's first child who passed away
    The worst thing about the name:
    it's plain sometimes i wish my mom spelled it K-A-R-Y-N
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    It would be Nicole
    Extra information:
    my children names all begin with K's
  26. The best thing about the name Karen:
    Karen means 'pure'
    The worst thing about the name:
    So to that end. .....
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    I need to correct two typos in my previous post -
    Extra information:
    To read - Its simplicity...NOT the contraction 'Its' !,,
  27. The best thing about the name Karen:
    It's simplicity.
    The worst thing about the name:
    It's simplicity!
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    But it is!
    Extra information:
    Perhaps I'd spell it more exotically! Uhmm Khaaryn?
  28. The best thing about the name Karen:
    Everything!!!
    The worst thing about the name:
    Of course...NOTHING!!!
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    it would be... Christen (my first name)
    Extra information:
    KAREN'S RULES!!!
  29. The best thing about the name Karen:
    Emm, give me a while I'm sure I can think of something
    The worst thing about the name:
    Karen is a name for little old ladies that smell like cigarette smoke and live in houses that smell like a wet cracker
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    Hmmm ... If I could have chosen my own name I'd go with Janet or Janice
    Extra information:
    Karen lends itself too easily to cruel nicknames as someone already mentioned, this name is bully-bait in school and could lead to lasting mental scars. Karen the Turtle, Karen the carrot, barren Karen, children are both cruel and ingenious at the same time.
  30. The best thing about the name Karen:
    Nothing good about it, the name lends itself to cruel rhymes and distasteful jokes
    The worst thing about the name:
    Karen is a name for overweight old ladies who smell bad
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    Sophia
    Extra information:
    Karen is too archaic and weak sounding; prefer a more contemporary and self-reliant sounding name
  31. The best thing about the name Karen:
    its not to long its pretty and very pure
    The worst thing about the name:
    there is absolutely nothing wrong with it it is awesomely awesome
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    it wouldnt be good my name is karen for a reason!!!!!
    Extra information:
    you shouldnt judge karen's because our name is very pure and awesome
  32. The best thing about the name Karen:
    It is not to long
    The worst thing about the name:
    It is not very popular any more
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    holly
    Extra information:
  33. The best thing about the name Karen:
    the story behind how I was given my name
    The worst thing about the name:
    it's so common in my age group...nicknames are karen baron, kare bear.
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    it would be something worse
    Extra information:
  34. The best thing about the name Karen:
    Classic, simple, pure
    The worst thing about the name:
    People who spell it wrong
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    it'd probably be Megan
    Extra information:
  35. The best thing about the name Karen:
    cause i dont have any mates with same name
    The worst thing about the name:
    my boyfriend calls me baren karen,jerk!!!
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    it would ov been steven if i was a boy
    Extra information:
  36. The best thing about the name Karen:
    Familiar enough that people know how to say & spell it; unusual enough that I've rarely had to share it. Plus I like having a K name.
    The worst thing about the name:
    can't think of anything.
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    it would be Katie
    Extra information:
    If it weren't my name, and if I have a girl, I'd consider it for her. I love it.
  37. The best thing about the name Karen:
    Great meaning
    The worst thing about the name:
    Can't abbreviate to anything but Kaz!! Not good
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    Maybe something less known.. Stephanie perhaps
    Extra information:
    It's a cool name..
  38. The best thing about the name Karen:
    Its beautiful
    The worst thing about the name:
    nothing
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    I wouldn't want any other name
    Extra information:
    I love the meaning of my name
  39. The best thing about the name Karen:
    You can't screw up pronouncing it.
    The worst thing about the name:
    It seems matronly.
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    no
    Extra information:
    It's a strong name and timeless.
  40. The best thing about the name Karen:
    People dont go 'HUH?' when you tell them your name.
    The worst thing about the name:
    Karen is a very popular name....
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    No.
    Extra information:
    No.
  41. The best thing about the name Karen:
    is short, and is only for important people
    The worst thing about the name:
    is common
    If my name wasn`t Karen....:
    my personality
    Extra information:


More `Karen` links
Karen as abbreviation
Actors named Karen
Karen in the encyclopedia





Statistics for Karen

Karen appears in 2007`s top-1000 name list at rank 165. The name reached the top-100 5 times. 1960 was a `top year` for the name Karen. (Based on 128 years of name history) In that year it ranked #4. The last time Karen appeared among the most common names was in 1890. Our records go back to 1880

YearRankRank
2007165
2006173
2005164
2004155
2003141
2002150
2001148
2000154
1999148
1998152
1997143
1996134
1995142
1994128
1993116
1992122
1991122
1990120
198054
197012
19604
195012
194034
1930687
1920---
1910---
1900---
1890707
1880---


See also the US top 1000 names 2007

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Karen
My name is to plain and common...I would of liked it if it was like Jordan or Jasmine.
Karen
Its a wonderful name with a beautiful meaning, I always get complimented on it!:)
karen
at first i don't like my name..bcoz it's too short..but now kinda great..so beautiful..
Karen
I asked my mother why she chose such a commonly used name. She said when I was born - in 1961 - that wasn't the case.
Karen
At one time there were four other Karens besides me, in my class!
mary
i know another karen born in 1961 as well....so i think it was more popular then, than we think.
Isaac
my sisters name is karen jasmine and shes very moody
Isaac
my sisters name is karen jasmine and shes very moody
karen
i love the meaning of 'karen' which is the name given to me.
Karen
I like my name. Sometimes. I was supposed to have a twin, and her name would have been Katlynn(early miscarriage). We'd have been Ren and Katy
karen
i just luve being myself!! as me name is karen
Karen
To all Karens ,dont hate your name but embrace it. even if it is a old name ,WHO CARES.you will be unique and special not like the others who have common names. learn to like your name.


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