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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Ken

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Ken in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Ken:

  • Records indicate that 29,497 boys in the United States have been named Ken since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1960, when 1,776 people in the U.S. were given the name Ken. Those people are now 60 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


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  • "My husband's name is Kenneth and almost all people call him Ken. I really don't like neither Kenneth nor Ken, this name and nickname doesn't fit my great husband and it's completely not in my style, besides he also doesn't like it. THe most horrible thing is that my name is Barbara. So people often laugh that we are Barbie and Ken, from when Barbie doll appeared. I really hate it and it's annoying, even though it's cute when Ken calls me his "Barbie Girl" :D I am Polish and my husband is British." Oct. 5, 2015: Report as inappropriate

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  • "Apart from its being short for Kenneth (think British comedian Ken Dodd or Coronation Street's Ken Barlow), it is also a separate Japanese name, meaning "health". In the 1990 Japanese program Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman (Earth Squadron Fiveman), this is the first name of one of the three Hoshikawa brothers who was FiveBlue (Gaku was FiveRed and Fumiya was FiveBlack and their two sisters, Kazumi and Remi, were FivePink and FiveYellow respectively), as well as a physical education teacher while in his civilian identity. The program, of course, pre-dated Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger (Dinosaur Squadron Beast Rangers), which was the Japanese program that spawned Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in the United States." Apr. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

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