The Social Security Administration has revealed the hottest baby names of 2019, with Olivia taking the top spot for girls and Liam topping the list for boys.
But one name that was certainly not among the most widely used is Karen, which has been increasingly used in recent years as a derogatory nickname for entitled women whose crimes include demanding a conversation with the manager about minor inconveniences and calling from the police to people of color to barbecue in parks or to paint their own properties.
According to SSA data, the number of cases of babies named Karen has fallen dramatically over the past decade and is now at its lowest level since the 1930s.
Down: According to Social Security Administration data, the name Karen is declining in popularity with babies (stock photo)
Association: This is probably due in part to Karen’s use as a derogatory nickname for entitled white women
Losing Steam: However, the use of the name has been declining for years since its peak in the ’60s
Looking back, the last time the name Karen was so unpopular was in 1930, when the name was 689
Karen comes in at # 660 in the 2019 baby name rankings, which equates to 438 babies named Karen last year, and 0.024 percent of the total female births in 2019.
The last time it was so unpopular was in 1930 when it was number 689.
While the relatively new use of the name Karen as an insult may very well contribute to its unpopularity with babies, Karen memes and viral videos aren’t entirely to blame as the name has been declining in popularity for a while.
It was barely in the top 1000 in the 1910s and ’20s, but in the’ 30s it started to rise rapidly – in 1939 it jumped to # 39.
Karen spent the 40s climbing the list, and it broke the top 10 in 1951, coming in at # 8.
It remained in the top five from 1957 to 1966, reaching its peak in 1965 at # 3. In the past year, the number of girls named Karen was 32,873, which accounted for 1.799 percent of the total female births in 1965.
Notorious: Notable examples of women named Karen include Amy Cooper, who tearfully called the emergency center to a birdwatcher who asked her to keep her dog on a leash in Central Park
Yikes … There’s also Jennifer Schulte, aka Barbecue Becky, who called 911 on a group of black people using a grill in a park in Oakland, California and sobbed as she hovered over them
It certainly seems that the new use of the name Karen has made parents less inclined to give the name to their children in recent years.
Answer her! Another example is Lisa Alexander, who also called the police for a man who painted his own property because she was convinced he didn’t live there
The origins of this custom can be traced back to 2014 when a popular meme was launched. The image shows a woman with thick highlights and long and straight hair in the front and cut short in the back.
The meme was used to discuss women who demand that they talk to a manager if they aren’t getting exactly what they want, no matter how unreasonable their expectations are.
Over time, it merged with the name Karen, which was used to describe a entitled woman – usually middle-aged and white – who bulldozed others to get her way, and often complains.
But Karen’s identity has evolved in recent years. Now it is used just as often for a woman – again, mostly white – who has discovered a mistake in something a stranger is doing and demands that she answer to her for it.
Often these women call the police. Notable examples include Amy Cooper, who tearfully called the emergency center to a bird watcher who asked her to keep her dog on a leash in Central Park, and Lisa Alexander, who also called the police for a man who painted his own property because she was convinced he didn’t. i don’t live there.
Most Popular: Meanwhile, the best baby names this year include quite a few household names that have earned top spots in previous years
There’s also Jennifer Schulte – aka Barbecue Becky – who called 911 to a group of black people using a grill at a park in Oakland, California in May 2018 and sobbed as she hovered over them.
Meanwhile, the best baby names this year include quite a few household names that have earned top spots in recent years.
After Liam at number one for boys are Noah, Oliver, William, Elijah, James, Benjamin, Lucas, Mason and Ethan.
After Olivia in first place for girls come Emma, Ava, Sophia, Isabella, Charlotte, Amelia, Mia, Harper, and Evelyn.