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For a girl I like many of the variations.
Karen > from Hebrew "Keren" Rays (as in Rays of Light).
In Armenian, the name “KAR” is masculine. Kar HAYKAZUNI, 1289-1285 Before Common Era, King of Armenia (in the Hittite accounts is mentioned as Karanni, 14th century B.C.E.).
In Armenian, the name “KAREN” is masculine and its origin has two roots.
--- The first root: the masculine given Armenian name “Karen” is formed from “Kar”, which is the given name of King of Armenia - Kar HAYKAZUNI (1289-1285 Before Common Era).
[*Haykazuni dynasty (2492 / 2107 - 331 Before Common Era) - (Haykazian, Haykides) - The first dynasty of Patriarchs, Lords and Kings of Armenia.]
--- The second root: in Armenian, the origin of masculine name “Karen” lies in Parthian/Persian name “Karen”.
In Armenia the masculine given name “Karen” is associated with “Elephant” (wise and battle/fighting elephant) or “Commander/Military leader” [adalid/caudillo (Spanish) – heerführer/ feldherr (German) – général/stratège (French) – condottiero/stratega (Italian)].
(Eastern Armenian pronunciation: “Garen”)
In Armenia the masculine given name “Karekin” is associated with “The Fire of Holy/Sacred Knowledge”.
(Eastern Armenian pronunciation:“Garegin”)
Could this possibly be confused with "Karayan", which is a current Armenian name which means 'the dark one'? It should be noted that Karayan is the masculine version of 'Karyan', another Armenian name, but I have encountered a male Karyan and heard of a female Karayan, so they may be both masculine and feminine.
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