Baby Name ‘Karen’ Dropping In Popularity, Hits Lowest Ranking Since 1927

The power of Internet strikes again: People refuse to name their babies “Karen,” with the name hitting its lowest ranking since the 1920s. 

  • Recent reports claim that new parents avoid naming their babies “Karen.”
  • In 2020, the name has dropped to 831st place of the most popular names for girls.
  • Last year, only 325 babies were given that name, while back in 1965, they were about 33,000. 

As per Urban Dictionary, “Karen is a pejorative term used in the United States and other English-speaking countries for a woman perceived as entitled or demanding beyond the scope of what is appropriate or necessary. A common stereotype is that of a white woman who uses her privilege to demand her own way at the expense of others.”

Perhaps the most popular phrase women associated with this name usually say is: “Can I speak to the manager?” 

Since the name in question became a term describing women behaving arrogantly with others, to say it the least, people suddenly stopped naming their daughters Karen.

As the Daily Wire reports, according to a federal agency, new parents are avoiding this name like the plague.

The name Karen appears to be at its lowest ranking since 1927. 

The Social Security Administration reveals that the name plummeted 171 spots in baby name rankings for girls, as per KUTV. It is now the 831st most popular name, meaning that last year, only 325 baby girls were named Karen. To compare, in 1965, the babies named Karen were around 33,000.

Credits: Social Security Administration

The name Karen got so popular on the internet, that, following the numerous videos of women lashing out at people for no reason, San Francisco Supervisor Shamann Walton introduced the “CAREN Act,” which stands for “Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies Act.” According to the bill, it is now against the law to give a false report based on a person’s race, religion, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.

The CAREN Act was conducted after a series of cases of women calling 911 on false reports. One of them was the case of Amy Cooper, who called the police claiming that an African-American man was threatening her life, while the man was simply asking her to put her dog on a leash. After the story went viral, Cooper was fired from her job at an NYC investment firm and got the title “the Queen of Karens.”

What do you think of the stereotype regarding the name Karen? Would you name your baby girl that way? Leave a comment to let us know!

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