'Karen' steadily dropping in popularity as baby girl name after becoming a slur

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We guess very few babies will be demanding to speak to the manager. Photo credit: Getty/Pinterest.

New data confirms what we're probably all guessed: Very few parents are calling their baby girls Karen as the name has become synonymous with some of the worst modern personality traits.

Information released by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in the US confirms the name has steadily declined in popularity over the last few years. 

Last week the SSA released stats on the country's most popular baby names in 2019 and 2020. Between 2018 and 2019, the name Karen fell 23 places, from the 637th most popular baby name for girls to number 660 - its lowest ranking list since the year 1929.

Last year, there were just 325 babies named Karen in the US. 

According to the Independent, the name was most popular in 2003, a year which saw 2331 babies named Karen.

In a Newshub report from June last year, it was described how the name Karen has become synonymous with white middle-aged women who become confrontational when they do not get their way.  

"According to Twitter users, Karens have short blonde hair, a love of wine and no sense of humour. They demand endlessly, probably don't vaccinate their children, and call the police on black people for doing nothing wrong," wrote Newshub reporter Vita Molyneux. 

According to Vox, one of the first mentions of the negative connotations of Karen was in a 2005 Dane Cook comedy sketch called "the friend that nobody likes".

"Every group has a Karen and she is always a bag of douche," said Cook.