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Gender: Female Meaning of Karen: "pure" Origin of Karen: Danish variation of Katherine Karen's Popularity in 2018: #635

The name Karen is a girl's name of Danish origin meaning "pure". Karen is ranked #635 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Pure and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

From the experts:

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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Pop Culture References for the name Karen

Carynn, Kerron, Karaina, Kaaren, Carina, Karon, Carrin, Carryn, Kerrin, Carynne, Karna, Karenna, Karryn, Kerran, Kari, Koren,

Karen's International Variations

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

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TechnoKitten Says:


I like it but It's both overused and dated,just like Linda :(

burg123 Says:


Sounds like a mom name

paulapuddephatt Says:


This name was so over-used that it's hard to appreciate it now, but I do wonder whether a kid called this now would like it or not. It could go either way. I think it sounds quite cute, for a baby. I think other parents and grandparents would moan and call it old-fashioned, but I don't think the kid would get a hard time at school, and her name would sound familiar but fairly unique. More ready to come back than Sharon or Tracy. Karen is a form of Catherine and variant forms, and those are still in style.

ThistleThorn Says:


I feel like this will be all the rage in about 20 years

hellogoodbye111 Says:


Cute name, but I know a ton of people with this name

unicornluvgirl Says:


My grandma's name. RIP Grandma :(