Origin: Scandinavian; Russian
Alternate spellings: Kareena, Karena, Karine
If you thought Karen was one sophisticated gem, check out Karina. A Russian and Scandinavian version of Karen with a super-popular -ina ending, this name has more feminine flair than Karen, which makes it more appealing to parents. In the U.S. top 1,000 since 1969, Karina peaked at #108 in 1996 and has been slowly dropping since. Dancing with the Stars‘ Karina Smirnoff has given the name a recent boost.
By The Numbers
U.S. Rank by Year
Rank of Similar Names in 2008