Abbey Clancy defends mums controversial name after fresh plea to ditch Karen

Abbey Clancy has slammed fresh calls from people who want to ditch the name Karen in favour of a different persona.

The lingerie and catwalk model, 37, was speaking about her mum Karen, whose name has become the brunt of many jokes after an internet meme went viral using the name last year. Since then, research has been done to reveal that nearly half of women named Karen in the UK have considered a name change.

The internet phenomenon of "being a Karen" involves being unnecessarily difficult, argumentative and hard to get on with. Some of the most well-known traits of so-called "Karens" include willing to speak to the manager and being unwilling to follow store rules.

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A study conducted by Paddy Power Games found that nearly a third of women in the UK named Karen were embarrassed by their name. The internet meme may also be responsible for the death of the name, with only one baby being named Karen in 2022.

Abbey starred in a new ad for the betting agent, where the discussion of Karen as a name is thrown up. In the advert, a pair give birth to a baby girl, but the father objects to calling his daughter Karen.

But Abbey, whose mum has the unfortunate name, said that her mother has no desire to change what she goes by. Speaking at the reveal of the study, Clancy said: "My mum’s called Karen!

"She’s got so many incredible qualities, but that there is a couple of those stereotypical ‘Karen’ qualities in there," she added. Abbey, who is married to footballing legend Peter Crouch, also said that in general, most people are not a fan of their own name.

The same study found that people aged 35-44 are most likely to feel embarrassed by their name and feel "self conscious" when giving it out. Paddy Power Games spokesperson Rachael Kane added: "In recent years the name Karen has become a widespread meme referencing a certain type of person."

She added: "It's interesting to see from our research that the name is dying out and those called Karen are suffering the consequences."

But Clancy defended the move, saying that they needed to ensure the child had a strong name "with the possibility that he could end up being 9' 11"."

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