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Etymology 1Edit

From Danish Karen.

PronunciationEdit

Proper nounEdit

Karen

  1. A female given name. First taken up as a given name in the U.S.A., and popular in the English-speaking world from the 1950s to the 1970s.
    • 1878 Celia Thaxter, Drift-Weed, Houghton, Osgood,1878, page 28 ("Karen"):
      Left you a lover in that far land, / O Karen sad, that you pine so long! / Would I could unravel and understand / That sorrowful, sweet Norwegian song!
    • 1918 Cecily Ullman Sidgwick, Karen, W.Collins, 1918, page 12:
      I was not called Karen after Hans Andersen's dancing girl, but after a Danish friend of my mother's who married an Englishman and was my godmother. So much for our family affairs.

Etymology 2Edit

From Parthian 𐭊𐭓𐭍𐭉 (krny /Kārēn/), from Old Iranian *kar-ina-. The Armenian name is from Armenian Կարեն (Karen), from the same Parthian name.

Alternative formsEdit

Proper nounEdit

Karen

  1. (historical) one of the seven great Parthian feudal families
  2. An Armenian male given name
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Etymology 3Edit

From Burmese ကရင် (ka.rang, wild, low-caste man).

PronunciationEdit

Proper nounEdit

Karen

  1. A group of languages of Myanmar and Thailand.

Further readingEdit

Ethnologue report on the Karen languages

AnagramsEdit


DanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

A medieval variant of Katharina (Catherine).

Proper nounEdit

Karen

  1. A female given name.

ReferencesEdit

  • [1] Danskernes Navne, based on CPR data: 83 320 females with the given name Karen have been registered in Denmark between about 1890 (=the population alive in 1967) and January 2005, with the frequency peak in the 1910s. Accessed on 19 May 2011.

GermanEdit

Alternative formsEdit

Proper nounEdit

Karen

  1. A female given name borrowed from Danish Karen.

IcelandicEdit

PronunciationEdit

Proper nounEdit

Karen f

  1. A female given name

DeclensionEdit

Sometimes also Karen in accusative and dative.


LuxembourgishEdit

NounEdit

Karen

  1. plural of Kar (cart)

NorwegianEdit

Proper nounEdit

Karen

  1. A female given name of Danish origin.