SEARCH FOR A PERSONAL NAME Whats in a name - a survey of first names

Use * for one or more unknown letters
Use ~ before name for Soundex search
Karen (F)>

Karen (female)

Variants:Carina (F) Chairenn (F) Karena (F) Karina (F)
Diminutive for:Katarina (F) Katherine (F)
Pet Name for:Katarina (F)
Can be spelt:Caron (F) Caronne (F) Carren (F) Caryn (F) Karan (F) Kareen (F) Karin (F) Karon (F) Karyn (F)
Source(s): The Oxford Names Companion, OUP
"Scottish Forenames" - Donald Whyte, FGH, FSG

Danish diminutive of or pet name for Katarina, the Danish form of Katherine.  Karen is now very popular in most English-speaking countries.

Popularised in the US, Karen was introduced into the UK from about the middle of the 20th century. The spelling is very variable; some examples are shown above.