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Gender: F Meaning of Karen: "pure" Origin of Karen: Danish variation of Katherine Karen's Popularity in 2012: #353

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Karen, a sweet good-girl Danish import, was so popular during the baby boom (Karen was Number 3 in 1960) that it's locked firmly into fashion limbo today. Parents who want to honor a Karen or choose an updated version of the name might want to consider the Irish Kieran, the Cornish Kerensa or Kerenza, or variations from Karina to Kyra.

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Famous People Named Karen

Karen Carpenter, American singer
Karen Valentine, American actress
Karen Blixen, Danish author
Karen Black, American actress
Karen Allen, American actress
Karen Sheila Gillan, Scottish actress
Karen Grassle, Caroline Ingalls on "Little House on the Prairie"
Karen Lucille (Lucy) Hale, American actress
Karen Gillan, British Actress, Amy Pond on "Doctor Who"
Karen Elson, Model and Musician
Karen O, lead singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Pop Culture References for the Name Karen

Karen Walker, from the American TV series Will & Grace
Karen Brockman, from the British television series 'Outnumbered'
Karen Smith, from the US movie Mean Girls
Karen Brewer, main character from "Baby-Sitters Little Sister" novels.
Karen Jackson, character on Showtime series Shameless
Karen Arnold, character on The Wonder Years
Karen Cross, from movie "Silver City" played by Thora Birch
Karen DeSonne, character in book "Generation Dead"
Karen Davis, from movie "The Grudge"
Karen Vick, character from TV series "Psych"

Carina, Caron, Caronn, Carren, Carrin, Carryn, Carynn, Carynne, Kaaren, Karaina, Karenna, Kari, Karna, Karon, Karra, Karren, Karron, Karryn, Karyn, Kerran, Kerrin, Kerron, Kerynne, Koren

Karen's International Variations

Kaarina (Finnish) Kalena, Kalina (Hawaiian) Keren, Keryn (Hebrew) Karyna, Karina, Karine (Russian) Kyran, Carin, Karin, Kieron, Karan, Queron, Caren, Karena, Caryn (Scandinavian)