What happened to the name Karen? It turns out these days the name is associated with privileged and demanding, middle-aged white women. That has made the name not so popular any more. In fact, the name is falling out of favor with moms and dads across America, and it’s unlikely you’ll hear many babies with that name for the next several years.
Babynames.com says over the past decade there as been a 75% decrease in folks giving their kids the name Karen, and in the past year, zero users have put Karen on their favorite names list.
People are still interested in the name though. The site says searches for the meaning behind the name has increased 10-fold because people want to know why it's so unpopular. The negative feelings associated with the name has folks are running away fast. Naming your daughter Karen was once pretty popular, though. In fact, between 1938 and 1968 it was one of the more popular names, but not any more.
By the way, the name 'Karen' literally means "pure." Go figure!