Karen Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Karen:
Danish form of Katherine, a cognate of the Greek Aikaterinē, the root of which is katharos (pure, unsullied). Var: Caren, Carin, Karen, Karena, Karrin, Karyn.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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Kare-co, Ren, Kare, Kari, Special K, Kazza, Kaz, Kara, Kiki
- Meanings and history of the name Karen
Danish form of Katherine, meaning "pure".
- Famous real-life people named Karen
Karen Carpenter, one half of the singing duo The Carpenters
Karen Allen, American actress, best known for playing Marion Ravenwood in two Indian Jones films "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"
Karen Blixen was the birth name of author Isak Dinesen ("Out of Africa")
Karen Killilea, whose story helped publicize and improve care for children with cerebral palsy.
Karen Black, actress
Karen Kwan, figure skater
Karen Akers, singer and actress
Karyn Parsons, actress (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)
Karen Sheila Gillan, Scottish actress in Doctor Who (nicknamed Kaz)
- Karen in song, story & screen
Karen Smith: from Mean Girls
Karen is the little girl in Frosty the Snowman.
Karen Vick(Chief Vick)- The chief of police on the show Psych.
Karen Koltrane -- Sonic Youth
Karen Revisited -- Sonic Youth
Karen By Night -- Jill Sobule
Karen -- Matthew Sweet
Karen Brewer from the Baby-Sitters Little Sister books
Karen Brockman -- the youngest child in the British sitcom, outnumbered, played by Ramona Marquez
Karen - The National
I Have a Secret - Half Japanese
Dr. Karen Kim- character from US TV show "Mistresses"
Karen Roe - from the TV drama series "One Tree Hill"
Karen McCormick- Kenny McCormick's little sister from the cartoon, South Park
Karen Page-Friend and love interest to Matthew Murdock in Daredevil, played by Deborah Ann Woll
Karen Don't Be Sad is a 2015 song by Miley Cyrus.