Karen (name)

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Pronunciation /ˈkærən/ KARR-ən
Gender unisex
Language(s) Armenian
Meaning pure
Other names
Related names Katherine, Karina, Karin

In English, Karen is usually a feminine given name.

The name Karen was one of the top 10 names for girls born in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s, peaking as the 3rd most popular girl's name in 1965.[1]

In Armenian, Karen is a masculine given name derived from ancient Armenian masculine given name Kar (Kar Haykazuniking of ancient Armenia, 1287—1283 B.C., Hayk Nahapet dynasty). Some thought that Armenian masculine given name Karen derived from the name a prince of Karen (Caren) of Persian origin, having his origins probably from the name of House of Karen, aristocratic family, one of so-called Parthian clans.

Karen can also be a surname.

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  1. ^ Davidson, Andrew (2007), Population Statistics for Karen, Raleigh, NC: nameplayground.com 
  2. ^ "Thousand Oaks Deputies Arrest Suspect for Using Unauthorized Scanning Device at Chase Bank ATM". Retrieved 12 September 2013.