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Boy Name: Ken

Name: Ken
Pronunciation: \ken\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy
Origin: Japanese
Related Names: Kendrick
Sounds Like: Kean, Keen, Kenn, Keon
Variant forms: Kennan, Kenney, Kennie, Kenny
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 265
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 33523


Ken \ken\ as a boy's name is pronounced ken. It is of English origin. Short form of names beginning with Ken- such as Kenneth. Ken (Japanese) means "strong, physically healthy". The doll Barbie's boyfriend is named Ken. Baseball player Ken Griffey, Jr.; singers Kenny Rogers, Kenny Loggins; saxophone player Kenny G; writer Ken Kesey.

Ken has 4 variant forms: Kennan, Kenney, Kennie and Kenny.

For more information, see also the related name Kendrick.

Baby names that sound like Ken are Kean, Keen, Kenn and Keon.

View a list of the 5 names that reference Ken.


Ken is a very popular first name for men (#265 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#33523 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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