Karen (name)

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Pronunciation /ˈkærən/ KARR-ən
Gender feminine
Language(s) Germanic
Other names
Related names Katherine, Karina, Karin
Pronunciation [kɒː'ræn]
Gender masculine
Meaning pure
Region of origin Iran, Armenia

Karen is a given name. In English, it is a feminine name related to Katherine and other similar Germanic language names. In Iran and Armenia however, it is a masculine name deriving from other non-Germanic languages.

In English[edit]

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]

Meaning & History: Karen - Danish short form of “Katherine”. It has been common in the English-speaking world since the 1940s. Variants: Caja, Kaja (Danish), Caren, Caryn, Karena, Karyn, Kerena, Karen (English). Usage: Danish, Norwegian, German, English.[2]

In Iran and Armenia[edit]

In Iran and Armenia, Karen is a common masculine given name.

The masculine given name Karen derived from the Persian name of House of Karen (Caren) (one of the seven aristocratic families of the Parthian Empire). Several Persian princes named Karen (Caren) are known before and after the Islamic period. The Karen (Caren) house ruled the Tabaristan region of Iran, which approximately corresponds to the current provinces of Gilan state and Mazandaran.

In Armenian, Karen (a masculine given name) refers also to the ancient Armenian masculine given name Kar (Kar Haykazuniking of ancient Armenia, 1287—1283 B.C., Hayk Nahapet dynasty).

Masculine given name Garen - is Western Armenian transliteration of Eastern Armenian Karen.

Masculine given name Karen was mentioned by (prominent Armenian historian from the period of late antiquity) Movses Khorenatsi (ca. 410–490s AD; Armenian: Մովսես Խորենացի) in his book the History of the Armenia (History of the Armenia by Movses Khorenatsi: Book_2_#28 and Book_2_#68).


Karen can also be a surname.

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