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Thu Jun 18, 2020, 05:00 PM

I wonder if the name Karen will decline

in popularity over the next couple of years?

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Reply I wonder if the name Karen will decline (Original post)
angstlessk Jun 2020 OP
chia Jun 2020 #1
LakeArenal Jun 2020 #2
IADEMO2004 Jun 2020 #4
LakeArenal Jun 2020 #5
The Velveteen Ocelot Jun 2020 #3

Response to angstlessk (Original post)

Thu Jun 18, 2020, 05:07 PM

1. Apparently the name has been declining since 1965

You can look at name popularity over time in the US using the SSA database. "Karen" peaked in popularity in 1965 with 32,872 baby girls named Karen that year. It has been steadily declining since then. In 2018 there were only 468 baby girls named Karen in the US.


https://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/

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Response to angstlessk (Original post)

Thu Jun 18, 2020, 05:13 PM

2. It should not be used as a pejorative.

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Response to LakeArenal (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 18, 2020, 05:46 PM

4. Melania and Ivanka could replace Karen

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Response to IADEMO2004 (Reply #4)

Thu Jun 18, 2020, 06:19 PM

5. How about Nasty Woman.

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Response to angstlessk (Original post)

Thu Jun 18, 2020, 05:36 PM

3. Names come and go - they fall out of fashion and then sometimes come back.

Karen is a very old name dating back to the Middle Ages - it's just the Danish/Norwegian version of Catherine. The Karen meme will disappear before long, and maybe the name will come back, or not. Karen isn't a fashionable baby name right now anyhow. I know a fair number of Karens, and also Susans, Nancys and Debbies who are my age (old), but hardly anybody gives their kids those names any more.

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