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Karen Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Karen?

The less frequently given name Karen was the 556th Most Popular Girls Name in the United States in 2017.

This top 1000 contender has seen rankings outside of the top 1000.

It reached its highest popularity RANKING of #3 in 1965.

Nonetheless, the name was given to the greatest number of children in 1957 with 40,585 occurrences.

In any year, the least number of babies named Karen was less than 5, most recently in 1902.

Approximately during the years 1903-1906, 1909-1918, and 1925-1956, the name Karen took a definitive turn upwards in popularity whereas unequivocal downward movement occurred about 1957-1964, 1965-1987, 1992-1995, and 2006-2014.

Sometimes the name Karen has been more popular as a girls name and sometimes it has been more popular as a boys.

Where is the name Karen popularity headed?

Currently, the name is at an extremely low point when compared to its most popular year.

Karen's popularity has been spiralling downward for some time. Of late, continuing the trend, the number of parents selecting the name Karen for their newborn has dropped.

The name Karen still has a solid footing but will probably continue to drift downward in popularity.

Relative to what it once was, Karen is very rarely used as a given name.

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   Karen (Girl)Karen (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2017 552 556 7 10,163
2016 615 505 < 5 --
2015 626 505 5 13,022
2014 631 494 < 5 --
2013 730 416 < 5 --
2012 896 354 5 13,224
2011 1,103 288 7 10,189
2010 1,286 249 8 9,228
2009 1,433 230 < 5 --
2008 1,816 187 5 13,571
2007 2,171 165 12 6,857
2006 2,029 173 11 7,179
2005 2,063 164 9 7,983
2004 2,165 155 12 6,334
2003 2,331 141 10 6,989
2002 2,222 150 6 10,049
2001 2,193 148 18 4,378
2000 2,172 153 20 3,999
1999 2,172 148 14 4,890
1998 2,073 152 6 9,060
1997 2,223 143 9 6,364
1996 2,401 133 16 4,099
1995 2,270 142 19 3,494
1994 2,488 128 17 3,827
1993 2,806 116 33 2,316
1992 2,763 121 25 2,776
1991 2,599 122 21 3,057
1990 2,716 120 18 3,389
1989 2,757 110 37 1,973
1988 2,566 112 20 2,805
1987 2,581 107 35 1,845
1986 2,801 100 23 2,391
1985 3,139 87 26 2,152
1984 3,536 82 28 1,954
1983 3,789 77 22 2,310
1982 4,154 68 31 1,830
1981 4,536 64 23 2,238
1980 5,054 54 27 2,027
1979 5,601 46 32 1,770
1978 6,374 39 22 2,158
1977 7,444 32 27 1,880
1976 7,503 31 36 1,522
1975 8,165 27 32 1,607
1974 8,651 26 36 1,455
1973 9,356 23 40 1,318
1972 11,180 21 49 1,169
1971 14,211 15 57 1,087
1970 16,701 12 48 1,197
1969 17,638 13 74 890
1968 19,558 9 49 1,058
1967 21,540 6 54 989
1966 25,446 5 64 907
1965 32,874 3 81 822
1964 30,245 4 91 789
1963 32,486 4 83 832
1962 35,185 4 75 883
1961 34,696 5 79 860
1960 36,376 4 72 895
1959 36,773 4 81 842
1958 38,464 4 66 941
1957 40,585 5 77 856
1956 40,042 7 72 884
1955 33,215 8 50 1,072
1954 32,455 8 53 1,034
1953 29,853 9 58 942
1952 28,958 8 36 1,235
1951 28,001 8 34 1,269
1950 24,139 12 36 1,211
1949 22,467 11 41 1,101
1948 21,996 12 36 1,206
1947 21,645 13 37 1,202
1946 19,645 15 39 1,118
1945 15,679 16 52 869
1944 15,943 16 49 911
1943 16,816 15 54 912
1942 15,385 16 65 800
1941 10,830 19 44 965
1940 7,283 34 37 1,084
1939 5,542 39 17 1,680
1938 4,508 50 21 1,504
1937 2,232 113 9 2,581
1936 1,719 132 13 2,014
1935 1,098 172 8 2,828
1934 588 258 < 5 --
1933 453 283 < 5 --
1932 303 367 < 5 --
1931 154 533 < 5 --
1930 100 689 < 5 --
1929 79 792 < 5 --
1928 78 818 < 5 --
1927 57 1,017 < 5 --
1926 62 953 < 5 --
1925 49 1,098 < 5 --
1924 59 997 < 5 --
1923 48 1,106 < 5 --
1922 50 1,084 < 5 --
1921 42 1,193 < 5 --
1920 42 1,179 < 5 --
1919 27 1,543 < 5 --
1918 56 964 < 5 --
1917 47 1,031 < 5 --
1916 42 1,093 < 5 --
1915 36 1,146 < 5 --
1914 34 1,030 < 5 --
1913 12 1,826 < 5 --
1912 28 966 < 5 --
1911 11 1,499 < 5 --
1910 11 1,473 < 5 --
1909 12 1,250 < 5 --
1908 13 1,168 < 5 --
1907 14 1,061 < 5 --
1906 16 940 < 5 --
1905 11 1,212 < 5 --
1904 11 1,137 < 5 --
1903 8 1,382 < 5 --
1902 < 5 -- < 5 --
1901 5 1,806 < 5 --
1900 8 1,505 < 5 --
1899 9 1,143 < 5 --
1898 8 1,316 < 5 --
1897 5 1,663 < 5 --
1896 9 1,169 < 5 --
1895 < 5 -- < 5 --
1894 11 978 < 5 --
1893 7 1,239 < 5 --
1892 10 984 < 5 --
1891 6 1,271 < 5 --
1890 14 747 < 5 --
1889 10 872 < 5 --
1888 5 1,380 < 5 --
1887 9 822 < 5 --
1886 9 802 < 5 --
1885 10 715 < 5 --
1884 < 5 -- < 5 --
1883 < 5 -- < 5 --
1882 < 5 -- < 5 --
1881 6 786 < 5 --
1880 < 5 -- < 5 --

United States name popularity data is provided by the Social Security Administration and is based on Social Security card applications.

Data for a given year is not made available until well into the next year.

Data reflects what was recorded and has not been edited for errors, so for example the gender associated with a name may be incorrect.

The more babies that are given a particular name, the higher the popularity ranking. If multiple names have the same usage, the tie is broken by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. Therefore in the case of names with fewer occurrences, names with the same number of occurrences may have vastly different rankings because they will be interranked alphabetically.

To safeguard privacy, the SSA does not include names with less than 5 occurrences.

Please note, we update the data each May when the SSA releases new figures. All data changes at that time, including previous years, which will change minutely based on new information.