At first glance, Koen may look like an alternative spelling of the surname Cohen, but it's actually a Dutch name that's pronounced quite differently. Mostly popular in Europe, Koen has been on the rise in the United States in the 21st century, even making an occasional appearance on the list of the top 1,000 baby names for boys. It pairs well with classic middle names and has a meaning that any new parents would be proud to bestow upon their little boy.

Meaning of the name Koen:

Dutch: Brave

Origin of the name Koen:

Koen is a Dutch name that's often used as a nickname for Koenraad. Both names come from the Proto-Germanic word “kōnja,” which means “brave.”

Symbolism of the name Koen:

Because of its meaning, Koen is a name that symbolizes bravery and strength. It's a name often associated with heroes.

Style of the name Koen:

Traditional, International

Gender of the name Koen:

Koen is a boy's baby name.

Pronunciation of the name Koen:

KOON or KONE

Number of syllables in the name Koen:

One

Emotion evoked from the name Koen:

The baby name Koen evokes images of someone who does not back down from a challenge.

Alternative spellings for the name Koen:

Nicknames for the name Koen:

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Popularity of the name Koen:

According to the Social Security Administration, Koen was a top 1,000 baby name for boys in the United States on and off between 2006 and 2014. It last ranked at number 976 in 2014.

Related names for the name Koen:

Great middle names for Koen and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Koen:

  • Koen De Bouw (actor)
  • Koen Barbé (bicyclist)
  • Koen Casteels (soccer player)
  • Koen De Graeve (actor)
  • Koen Peeters (writer)

Koens in popular culture:

  • Koen West (character on the TV show “Cleverman”)