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Karen means "pure maiden".
Karee  1/28/2005
May also be traced back to the Hebrew name 'Keren', which means "horn", and appears several times in that form in the Old Testament.
― Anonymous User  9/19/2005
Also the name of the Yeah Yeah Yeah's lead singer, Karen Olzarek (Karen O.)
anonymous  12/1/2005
Karen Kingsbury is a popular Christian author.
― Anonymous User  12/13/2005
Actress Karen Allen is a famous bearer.
― Anonymous User  12/21/2005
I personally know (work with closely) eight Karens! We have had to come up with nicknames for all of them so we know which we are referring to (or say their last name too). They are all in between 40 & 50 years old.
christen  1/3/2006
Karen Carpenter (of the 70's pop duo The Carpenters) was a famous bearer.
― Anonymous User  1/12/2006
Karen Kain is a famous bearer of this name. She's a famous and ground-breaking ballerina who now teaches other dancers at the National Ballet of Canada.
― Anonymous User  2/6/2006
Karen Elson is a top fashion model and married to Jack White of the band The White Stripes.
khaotickharma  4/24/2006
Karen Mülder was a great top mopdel from the 80's (Dutch).
― Anonymous User  5/4/2006
Karen, Sharon and Darren would be good names for triplets.
FairyGirl  7/22/2006
Keren is the Hebrew word for Ray (of light). It's a very popular Israeli female name.
marfa stew  9/21/2006
The mad hilarious character in Will and Grace is called Karen Walker played by Megan Mullally.
ClaireCFC  9/28/2006
My Danish aunt pronounced it KAH-ren. I've also known German-speaking people (Karin was their preferred spelling) who said it: ka-RIN.
Anneza  10/16/2006
Blah! This name is so typical and overused. It makes me think of a middle-aged woman.
― Anonymous User  10/23/2006
It sounds like a middle-aged housewife's name.
― Anonymous User  10/23/2006
There are authors named Karen Harper, Karen Kingsbury, Karen Robards and Karen Rose.
― Anonymous User  11/28/2006
Karen Marie Moning is an author.
Missy  1/5/2007
Karen Brewer was the main character in the children's book series "Babysitters Club Little Sister".
Missy  1/5/2007
To me, Karen sounds like the name of an annoying girl who tags along. Of course, I could be influenced by the Dane Cook routine, lol.
gracielou16  1/22/2007
I think this is such a cute name, but the problem is that it sounds really dated now and makes me think of a middle-aged woman.
― Anonymous User  6/8/2007
This is a name that has grown on me. I don't personally know one, but I like the name since it's short. If you really look at the name long enough, and forget about its past popularity, it could work.
WritersEye  6/19/2007
I'm sure it's pronounced differently, but apparently in Japanese, "Karen" can mean "lovely", "cute", "oppression (e.g. taxation)", "poor", "pitiful", or "sweet".

Or at least, according to this, it is.
― Anonymous User  7/7/2007
This name, for me, is a name for all ages. My best friend, who is Karen and is fourteen, has this name. My grandma who is fifty-something also has Karen, and they both go well with the name Karen. It's an awesome name!
― Anonymous User  7/8/2007
'Ker-en'? I have always pronounced it 'Kaah-ren.' But, then again, my Brazilian cousin is called this and she pronounces in 'Kah-reen.'
Surreal  7/31/2007
Karen, singer of Raison Detre.
RIRYKA  3/19/2008
I object to those who think this name is for a boring middle aged housewife. My friends would all agree that although I am 39, I am youthful and a lot of fun.
KAREN1268  4/16/2008
Beautiful and gentle. Listen to it without care and feel the rich simplicity of it.
EmilyOlive  7/16/2008
I am a athletic teenage Karen. I like this name becase you hardly hear it used in my age group, so it feels special to have a name that you don't hear everyday. I think that this name will become more popular in a few years.
― Anonymous User  8/19/2008
Karen in the movie "Leave It to Beaver" was Wally's girlfriend.
tutugirl22  8/19/2008
"Karen" is a short story written by the Norwegian author Alexander Kielland prior to 1882, when it was published. The main character is a beautiful young girl named Karen who workes in an inn (weird sentence!). She falls in love with the, er, mailman (he did carry mail, but was a far more important than mailmen of today), and becomes pregnant. When she overhears one of the costumers telling his friend that the mailman is happily married, she drowns herself in the mire behind the inn. The story is cleverly written, and is available in English here:
reen8  10/21/2008
This name seems quite middle aged and youthful at the same time. It seems less chavvy than the rhyming Sharon and more suitable for a child than the similar sounding Carol.
― Anonymous User  10/26/2008
Karen was the name of the main character in "The Red Shoes," a fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen. Her red shoes will not let her stop dancing as a punishment for her vanity. In the end her feet are cut off and she becomes a very humble, religious person.
britto08  2/20/2009
I'd really wish every single website about names did some actual research (like Behind the Name) and stopped stating that the meaning of Katherine and its variants is "pure." The meaning of the original name is very much uncertain, and if did originate from the Greek "katharos", it would be more appropriate to attach its meaning to the more literal sense of the word: catharsis.
saveoursoulissa  8/5/2009
Karen Blixen, also called Isak Dinesen, the author of Out of Africa. She ran a coffee plantation in Kenya by herself for years.
dramaelf  11/10/2009
This is my mum's name. It's simple and straightforward and suits her very much. I have known a couple of other people with the same name, but it doesn't seem too common these days for kids to be called this.
amanda82  2/10/2010
This is my mum's name and half my other friends' mums' names so it must have been popular when she was born. That might have been why she gave me a name with freak pronunciation so I wouldn't be Emily 5 in my class, lol that's not my name though. :)
kylaaxx  6/6/2010
I'm surprised at how much I'm beginning to like this name. I knew several Karens growing up (in the 90s), but they were all adults--none in my generation. Well, except for one Indian girl, Kiran, who'd had her name misread as "Karin" by so many that she just had her friends call her Karen. (Which is a shame, because Kiran is a beautiful name.)
Anyway... I think this is a great name. It's versatile--simple enough for a child, has enough spunk for adulthood--and has a nice sound. (And no, I don't picture a middle-aged housewife. In fact, I see Karen as a modern businesswoman.)
erb816  8/10/2010
Lovely but retro! Well this is my mom's name!
tafflemark  1/27/2011
Terrible, boring name. I don't understand the appeal of it to so many people.
― Anonymous User  2/22/2011
Karen O, lead singer of the band, Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
xsai  6/3/2011
Karen Gillan, actress who is best known for her role as Amy Pond on Doctor Who.
quintus  6/3/2011
An awesome nom-de-plume for Karen would be Sharon. Because then if someone found out her identity, they could say "Sharon is Karen!"
Bazinga  12/25/2011
This name is firm but not too hard, and has a nice ring to it.
Hushpuppy  12/26/2011
Karen is the name of Plankton's computer wife on Spongebob Squarepants.
humblebee  12/30/2011
Karen is also an ethnic group living in Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand.
Caprice  9/9/2012
Karen is the Dark-type Elite Four member in Pokemon Gold and Silver, as well as in the remakes. She's one of my favorite characters in the series.
Lolth  4/12/2013
Karen is my sister's name and she has always cherished it. She will soon turn 41 and we both joke about how we haven't met any teenage or 20-something gals named Karen. I've seen many versions of the name: Karen (most common); Karan, and Karin. Karen may come back as a classic as Elizabeth and Laura have in the past.
chocoholic14  6/21/2014
This is my name. I'm 27 and have never met another Karen my own age, which as a teenager I hated. I went to school with Rachels, Sarahs, Haileys etc and always wished I wasn't given an 'old lady name' but now I very much appreciate having a name nobody else my age has!

I was recently in the shop and heard a mother call out to her toddler whose name was Karen. I was very excited to hear my name on a young person very refreshing compared to all the Ava, Mias, and Madisons of today!
Kass  9/8/2014
I think this name is cute, simple, safe, classy & sophisticated. :)
― Anonymous User  9/25/2014
I'm not being rude or offensive to the Karens out there, but I don't like this name. I personally know two Karens, my mom and someone in my grade (Her name is spelled Karyn) and I like Karyn! It's so unique!
arianagrandelover1  11/15/2014
Karen Page of Marvel Comics and adaptations, notably the Netflix series 'Daredevil' where she is a major character portrayed by Deborah Ann Woll.
Feorsteorra  6/16/2015
My name is Karen Sue, I am 35 and I personally love my name. I didn't know any other Karens growing up in the 80s and 90s, and I liked not having to share my name in class. Now as a professional adult, I know several, and we all have Sue as a middle name, which is funny. Only one is my age, most of them are in their late 40s or 50s. I am definitely not a frumpy housewife. Some friends called me Carebear in school out of affection.
karenfis  6/27/2015
Karen Harding is a British singer.
― Anonymous User  6/28/2015
Reminds me of some boring girl from the 70's. That kind of sums it up. And I don't know why, but all these names like Katherine, Karen, Katrina etc, come across as quite evil, somehow.
― Anonymous User  7/1/2015
Forget all of you, my name is Karen and I'm 14-years-old. I am a sweet lolita, and into many things an otaku enjoys (anime, manga, drawing, video games, cosplay, etc.)
Extra-Ordinary  7/29/2015
My name is also Karen and I think it is a good enough name. It is short and even though I have met people also bearing my name, I still think it's a great name to have. However, I think social media has ruined the name by making people think that Karens are either old, grumpy, bossy, or deserving punishment (or at least that's how I see them as). Either way I still like my name.
― Anonymous User  8/2/2015
I am a 38-year-old Karen. There were no other Karens all through my elementary or high school years, just me. I got to college and there were four of us, all the exact same age. It is not an old housemaid's name. It is a gift bestowed upon me by my parents that has taken me some time to grow into because I believe it is a classic, traditional, and mature name. It took me a while to feel confident about the maturity my name bestowed. As someone who treats patients with devastating illnesses and their impending death, I feel as though I can provide support and strength while demonstrating confidence to the patients and families I deal with because I have a name they can trust. It's not that Dr. Brandi has inferior skills nor knowledge. I'm just proud that I've finally grown into my name because I did always think it was some old person's name. But I'm proud to be a Karen, just as everyone should consider the gift of the name their parents chose for them as one of the greatest gifts their parents have given, aside from the very gift of life.
― Anonymous User  8/25/2015
Karen Strassman (born June 5, 1975) is an American voice actress. I know who she is because she currently voices Rouge the Bat in the 'Sonic the Hedgehog' series.
― Anonymous User  8/28/2015
The first Karen I knew was at Prinary School. She was an intelligent and popular girl.
Antelope01  9/20/2015
Hey 38 year old Karen from the 8/2015 comment. I'm a Karen just a couple of years older than you. Ya, sure we grew up with dozens of Jennifer's, Michelle's, and Kimberly's, but I actually grew up with 2 Karen's! I later encountered a few others around my age. When I started working in stores as a young adult, women at least 10 years older than me would show ID to pay with a credit card and I could see that I came a little after the name's peak popularity! That's the interesting thing about female names in America... with no "jr status" like boys who kept both their father's first and last name after marriage, girls' names seemed to be more prone to follow trends from decade to decade. It even served to highlight the emphasis that is placed on youthfulness in females. But in the last few years male names have seemed to catch up to the trend.
teacup chip  11/13/2015
Another "young" Karen here (born in 1976). In my high school, there was one Karen per year (which falls right into the percentage ranking on this site).

There was a Karen on my stepdaughter's basketball team, and I felt bad for the kid. I had the name of so many of my peers' mothers. That poor kid had a name now belonging to grandmothers.

In my job, I dealt with people through emails for years before meeting them and always heard later that I surprised them (I wasn't at all how they pictured!). It took me a while to realize that they assumed I'd be about 20 years older. Then I also realized, my name had helped me at work (they assumed I was older and had more experience than I did). Unfortunately, lately, I'm realizing it's hurting me -- I've applied for jobs where they probably assume I'm close to retiring.

My stepdaughter is named Heather, a name I've always loved, but that I now realize is a name from my own generation and less popular in her age group. She's probably going to go through the same ups and downs with her name that I have with mine. I guess it's a common issue with names that trend and peak with generations.
― Anonymous User  11/19/2015
I'm starting to really like this name because it's beautiful and simple without being too overused or too outdated. Also, Karen Gillan played Amelia Pond on Doctor Who, and she seems like a really cool/fun person.
― Anonymous User  11/30/2015
The name is also used in Sweden, and Iceland.
jegharenbumsipanden  3/22/2016
Growing up, I always hated my name, we lived in the U.S. and never met another Karen. Moved back to Canada and met 3, so maybe it was more popular in Canada. My daughter's friend always called me Karebear so I grew to like it more.
Karebear  4/26/2016
Karen Mulder is a Dutch model and singer. During the 1990s, she had a successful modeling career and was recognized as a world-class "supermodel" by various media.
cutenose  5/31/2016
This was a common name in the late 60's, but I prefer Karen to the awful and embarrassing names of Sharon or Debbie. They remind me of rough, chain smoking middle aged women.
― Anonymous User  6/18/2016
We called our daughter Karen in the 80's. We think it's a lovely name and it really suits her. It can't be shortened although the family name for her is Kazbar or the wee wifie.
Registerme  9/23/2016
Having been forced to carry this name for 40 years (1976), I am anxious to finally, legally lift this awful burden from my life, and change my name to something that doesn't make me cringe every time I hear it. Instead of naming me a feminine name, my mother had the brilliant idea to name me a "strong German name," as she continually put it. I can only blame mental illness, or the disappointment I was not a boy (they tried to force me to dress and act like a boy once I reached puberty).
There is nothing feminine whatsoever about this name, and I resent being tagged with such a brut, unattractive name. Look up: "I hate my name." It is not a coincidence how many posts there are from Karens, who hate their names.
Many sites try to pass this name off as derived from the feminine name Katherine, but it is in fact a man's name that the spelling was changed to in order to have another name to pass off for a girl. It's actual ancient derivation is Gaelic, but Wikipedia and name sites pushed the rumor that it was invented by the Dutch, and was a man's name spelled "Keren," changed to accommodate the need for more female names. It is still used solely as a man's name in Iran and Armenia.
Give me the common girl names of today that are actual girl names any day, or even a grandma name that sounds feminine. Karen is a name for a severely wrinkled, masculine, frumpy, hippy type woman, not a feminine girl or lady.
kcsungem  11/3/2016
You either really want attention or you are seriously confused. I have always been told the name Karen, meaning "A ray of light" in Hebrew, was utterly beautiful. YOU SHOULD BE THANKFUL FOR YOUR NAME! Stop whining, maybe you come from a crappy hippy place but I am from the South and we've definitely got better taste. BE THANKFUL YOU ended up with the most meaningful name to probably exist because it has been here since the creation of the universe (whether you believe in the bible or the big bang or both), a ray of light is what started everything, and any scientist or priest or rabbi can attest to the fact.

Man, you probably deserved to be a Deborah or Barb. Just kidding, you were named Karen for a reason. Stop complaining and start embracing, sista!
kbenmoyal  1/13/2017
The name Karen means "Ray of Light or Beam of Light" in Hebrew. In the Torah and with regards to the Big Bang, the name Karen is often associated with the Hebrew word "Ohr" which only means "light." Together, the term "Karen Ohr," has transformed into the defining "burst of energy" or "intense rays of lightbeams" that first lit up the universe at the very beginning of human creation as we know it.
kbenmoyal  1/13/2017
The little girl from Frosty The Snowman.
― Anonymous User  3/10/2017
Karen Marie Aagaard Ørsted, known professionally as MØ is a Danish singer and songwriter, signed to Sony Music Entertainment. Born in Ubberud, MØ has been compared to electropop artists such as Grimes and Twin Shadow. Besides being an acronym for her middle and last name initials, the word mø means "maiden" or "virgin" in Danish. Her debut studio album, No Mythologies to Follow, was released in March 2014.
cutenose  5/5/2017
Karen is actually a lovely name, but it was ridiculously overused. I believe that it has the potential to come back into style, but it's probably too soon. Spellings Caren or Caron make the name look somewhat fresh.
Paula Puddephatt  5/14/2017
Karen Hillenburg is the wife of Stephen Hillenburg. She works as a chef at a cooking school.
cutenose  5/24/2017
Karen Fukuhara is an American actress. She is known for her role of Tatsu Yamashiro / Katana in the 2016 DC superhero film Suicide Squad. Fukuhara was born in Los Angeles, California. While attending UCLA, she continued to work on numerous shows on NHK in Japan, most notably those on the Disney Channel as a member of Movie Surfers. She was also involved in the a cappella group, Medleys, during her college career.
cutenose  6/29/2017
I've always loved the name Karen. It is very pretty and girly to me.
― Anonymous User  7/9/2017
Japanese 可憐 is used for a girl's name, and pronounced KAREN, and the meaning is "lovely" or "cute". The word originates not from the West but from Chinese. But the Chinese meaning of 可憐 is "pitiful" or "poor", and it's not used for Chinese names.
Historically Japanese meaning have changed from "pitiful" to "should be protected" and to "lovely".
― Anonymous User  9/28/2017
I think Karen with a "K" looks much better, in my opinion.
Kitandkat  3/14/2018
Actress Karen Valentine (b 1947).
Nifty_Name_Nerd  4/15/2018

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