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(20 Posts)
IveGotHamButImNotAHamster Tue 08-Sep-09 16:54:12

I am loving this at the moment...what do you think?

nickelbabe Tue 08-Sep-09 17:01:50

yes, i like it

jkklpu Tue 08-Sep-09 22:06:22

yes, and I don't think it's very popular at the moment so would seem more unusual than it was 15-20 years ago. (Prob still more popular in Scotland, though).

womma Tue 08-Sep-09 22:26:14


Tidey Tue 08-Sep-09 22:27:11

Is this going to be back in fashion as well? Is it one of the children on Outnumbered?

Don't like it by the way.

Hassled Tue 08-Sep-09 22:27:29

I like Karen - always have. A bit 70s, maybe, but probably due a revival. Have never met a not nice Karen.

Pyrocanthus Tue 08-Sep-09 22:49:57

I've thought before that Karen is pretty and due for revival. Also Julie. Just got so overused in the 60s & 70s.

People might think you were naming her after the child in Outnumbered, though.

KAEKAE Wed 09-Sep-09 14:13:35

My mum is called Karen, she is 50, not so sure I would use it though!

pinkthechaffinch Wed 09-Sep-09 14:23:22

Like it, agree it's due a revival. Classic too, think 'the Red Shoes' by Hans Christian Andersen

Ondine Wed 09-Sep-09 14:26:11

Karen is very dated.

What about Careen, like Careen O'Hara from Gone with the Wind?

thedollshouse Wed 09-Sep-09 14:29:30

OOh no far too dated, not due for a revival yet. Could never quite work out why the little girl in Outnumbered was called Karen.

Fimbo Wed 09-Sep-09 14:31:04

I think it is fine. I know someone who spells it Caryn.

I like some 70's names Julie, Lynne, Gillian etc.

If ds had been a girl I did toy with Jennifer.

weegiemum Wed 09-Sep-09 14:31:57


My dd1 (9) has a school friend called Karen.

qumquat Wed 09-Sep-09 17:23:36

I like it, it must be trendy in TV circles, one of the little sisters in Skins is called Karen as well. Much nicer than most of the top ten names IMHO.

BalloonSlayer Wed 09-Sep-09 17:30:18

I always wanted to be called Karen. I still like it.

MIAonline Wed 09-Sep-09 17:51:26

No, very much of the 70's

MaryAnnSingleton Wed 09-Sep-09 18:05:50

Karen Carpenter - excellent voice....
my mum has friend called Karen (prob 70 odd) pronounced Kare - en and I went to school with a Caren

LunarSea Wed 09-Sep-09 18:14:11

You could go with the Scottish spelling of Carron instead if you like the sound of it but are worried the Karen spelling looks too 1970's.

nappyaddict Wed 09-Sep-09 18:14:19

I like it even though it was often used in the 60s.

GrapefruitMoon Wed 09-Sep-09 18:16:24

Love it - and would stick to the original spelling. Unfortunately there are several in dh's family so we couldn't use it as it would have been too confusing

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