Karen dives further in baby name popularity: Unfortunate stereotype behind swift drop

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It was just a few short years ago that the name Karen was a perfectly pleasant, inoffensive name.?

Today, it's a slur encompassing any and all?entitled, ignorant or demanding behaviour wrought by middle aged women.?

So it's not so surprising?the name has taken a?steep dive in popularity?in the baby name stakes since the?connotation?first arose, around 2014. After all, no one wants to introduce their bub only to be met with jokes about calling the manager.?

Karen was all the rage in the 1950s and '60s, ranking in the top 10 between 1951 to 1968, peaking at number three in 1965. But fast forward to?last year and there were just?325 girls named Karen in the US, according to the Social Security Administration.?

While it has been on the decline since the 1980s - about the time those Karen's began having their own children, it has seen a rapid drop in the last five years. Ranked 508th in 2016, it had dropped to 660 by 2019 and last year only reached 831.?

Should that trend continue on the same trajectory, it would be out of the top 1,000 within the next few years.?

It comes as Australian parents look to?more traditional names. According to market research company?McCrindle?the most popular name for girls born last year was Charlotte - used by 1,609 parents, while for boys it was Oliver, used a whopping 2,206 times.

The rest of the top ten for girls were Olivia,?Amelia, Isla, Mia, Ava Grace, Willow, Harper and Chloe. For boys Noah proved the second most used moniker, followed by Jack, William, Leo, Lucas, Thomas, Henry, Charlie and James.?

However while Karen is also out of favour here, it did make it into a list of?top festive names last year. A survey of more than 5,600 parents who opted for festive names, they found it to be third most popular choice.?

Apparently?many?parents chose to name their baby girl after the Frosty the Snowman character, who returns the snowy creature to the North Pole. It was?beaten only by Mary - found to be the 21st most common name worldwide and Gloria, which 3.3 million baby girls was named last year.?

Though according to BabyNames.com CEO Jennifer Moss, the name?is unlikely to ever come?back in vogue following the rise of the 'Karens' -?comparing?its swift demise to that of 'Dick' among men.

"Pop culture has a huge influence on baby naming and such a negative association would definitely have its effect," she told?Business Insider Australia. "I liken it to the name 'Dick'?(nickname for?Richard). Once it became associated with a negative personality trait (an a**hole) it dropped off the charts, as well."