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Origin & Meaning

The name Karen is of Danish origin.

The meaning of Karen is "pure, chaste".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 492  in baby name popularity for girls with 630 occurrences.    Less than 5 boys were given the name. 

View the Karen Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Karen has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Karen to other names.


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Related Names

Karen is a form of the name Katherine.

Variants of the name Karen include Caren, Carin, Caryn, Karyn.

The name Kalena is a form of Karen.

Other Tidbits

Some famous bearers of this name include: Karen Allen, Karen Carpenter.

Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Karen in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Karen.

Just for fun, see the name Karen in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Karen in Nautical Flags page.

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Last year this name was ranked as one of the top 1000 most popular names within its gender.

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