Why the baby name Karen is set to become extinct


by Aimee Jakes |

If your name is Karen, you may be saddened to discover the once-popular girl's name is set to become extinct in just a few years. Or on the flipside, perhaps you're ecstatic that your name has suddenly become a little more unusual and rare. Oh and don't have a flock of mum's in the park shouting 'KARENNNN!' after their mischevious toddler attempts to wander.

Yep, the name Karen is set to become extinct, as mums are no longer choosing the girl's name for their little one.

According to research, people just aren't naming their little ones Karen anymore and the moniker has become unpopular with new mothers.

Other names that have become unpopular in 2018 are Alexa (Amazon's digital assistant) and Felicia (because of the viral meme. 'BYE FELICIA!').

Even Ryan is becoming an unpopular choice due to its connotations with budget airline Ryanair.

REVEALED: The full list of unpopular names in 2018:

The name Karen is short for 'Katherine' and means 'pure'. It was one of the top 10 names for girls born in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s, peaking as the 3rd most popular girl's name in 1965.

So what do you think of the demise of the name Karen? Would you consider the name Karen for your forthcoming arrival? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

Now read:

The top baby names for 2018

Just so you know, whilst we may receive a commission or other compensation from the links on this website, we never allow this to influence product selections - read why you should trust us