Meme Leads To Downfall Of A Once-Popular Baby Name

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At a glance

  • A viral meme reserved to make fun of overzealous white women has led to the downfall of one name.
  • The name Karen was only registered once in the United Kingdom in 2022, according to the popular site BabyCentre. It had four registrations in 2021 – meaning there was a 75 percent drop in popularity for the name.
  • For boys, the name Donald has fallen out of favor with only one registration in 2022 compared to six in 2021.
  • BabyCentre predicts that in 2023, the names will likely fall off the list altogether.

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