Baby name 'Karen' at its lowest popularity in 90 years, experts say

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This year, we've heard the name "Karen" perhaps more than every before.

However, that is not down to the fact that more and more parents are choosing to bestow their newborns with the name - no. Instead, the name "Karen" is now used as a negative slang term against a certain type of woman, and we've seen it used a lot in 2020.

This Karen even went on live TV to announce that she is going to change her name:
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You see, per BabyNames.com, the name Karen originally stems from the Scandinavian origin meaning "pure".

Now, in 2020, Dictionary.com defines the name Karen as:

"Karen is a pejorative slang term for an obnoxious, angry, entitled, and often racist middle-aged white woman who uses her privilege to get her way or police other people's behaviors.

"As featured in memes, Karen is generally stereotyped as having a blonde bob haircut, asking to speak to retail and restaurant managers to voice complaints or make demands, and being an anti-vaxx , Generation X soccer mom.

"In 2020, Karen spread as a label used to call out white women who were captured in viral videos engaging in what are widely seen as racist acts."

Yes, it's safe to say that it is not the best time to be called Karen.

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And as a result of the negative memes and connotations associated with the name, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has revealed that the name's popularity as a baby name as plummeted across the US.

Per Fox News, the agency often releases stats and statistics regarding the most popular and unpopular baby names of the year - with Olivia, Emma, Ava, Sophia and Isabella continuing to be firm favorites across the country.

However, the SSA has also reported that the name Karen has continued to tumble - falling from the 637th most popular name for girls in 2018 to 660th place in 2019.

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This is a dramatic drop from being in 557th place back in 2017.

SSA data states that the name Karen is now at its lowest standing since 1930.

And just in case you were interested, the most popular year for little baby Karens was 1965.

Baby name 'Karen' at its lowest popularity in 90 years, experts say

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By VT

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This year, we've heard the name "Karen" perhaps more than every before.

However, that is not down to the fact that more and more parents are choosing to bestow their newborns with the name - no. Instead, the name "Karen" is now used as a negative slang term against a certain type of woman, and we've seen it used a lot in 2020.

This Karen even went on live TV to announce that she is going to change her name:
[[jwplayerwidget||https://content.jwplatform.com/videos/Jv2V9CeY-sKUnNGKf.mp4||Jv2V9CeY]]

You see, per BabyNames.com, the name Karen originally stems from the Scandinavian origin meaning "pure".

Now, in 2020, Dictionary.com defines the name Karen as:

"Karen is a pejorative slang term for an obnoxious, angry, entitled, and often racist middle-aged white woman who uses her privilege to get her way or police other people's behaviors.

"As featured in memes, Karen is generally stereotyped as having a blonde bob haircut, asking to speak to retail and restaurant managers to voice complaints or make demands, and being an anti-vaxx , Generation X soccer mom.

"In 2020, Karen spread as a label used to call out white women who were captured in viral videos engaging in what are widely seen as racist acts."

Yes, it's safe to say that it is not the best time to be called Karen.

[[imagecaption|| Credit: Pexels]]

And as a result of the negative memes and connotations associated with the name, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has revealed that the name's popularity as a baby name as plummeted across the US.

Per Fox News, the agency often releases stats and statistics regarding the most popular and unpopular baby names of the year - with Olivia, Emma, Ava, Sophia and Isabella continuing to be firm favorites across the country.

However, the SSA has also reported that the name Karen has continued to tumble - falling from the 637th most popular name for girls in 2018 to 660th place in 2019.

[[imagecaption|| Credit: Pexels]]

This is a dramatic drop from being in 557th place back in 2017.

SSA data states that the name Karen is now at its lowest standing since 1930.

And just in case you were interested, the most popular year for little baby Karens was 1965.