What does Cara mean?
Cara \c(a)-ra\ as a girls' name is pronounced KAR-ah, KEER-ah. It is of Latin, Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Cara is "beloved; friend". 20th-century coinage: feminine form of the Latin and Italian word for "dear". In Irish "cara" means "friend". See also Caroline.
Cara▼ has 26 variants: Caera, Carabelle, Caragh, Carah, Caralea, Caralee, Caralia, Caralie, Caralin, Caralyn, Caranda, Caretta, Carina▼, Carine, Carrie▼, Carry, Kaara, Kaira, Kara, Karalee, Karina, Karine, Karra, Karrie▼, Karry and Lacara.
Cara▼ has 27 more related forms via Caroline: Caddy, Cari▼, Carla▼, Carlan, Carlen, Carley▼, Carlin, Carlina, Carlita, Carlota, Carly, Carlyn, Carlyna, Caro, Carol▼, Carola, Carolan, Carole▼, Caroll, Carri, Cary, Charla▼, Ina▼, Karla, Karli▼, Lina▼ and Sharla▼.
Cara is a very popular first name for females (#523 out of 4276, Top 12%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#26419 out of 150436, Top 18%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Cara for girls. Cara reached its highest position of #207 in the U.S. during 1980-1989, and is at #672 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Caroline (#58 the previous year), Carly (#357), Karina (#429), Kara (#442), Karla (#504), Lina (#767), Carla (#864), Ina, Karrie, Charla, Sharla, Karli, Carri, Carissa, Carina, Cari, Carley, Carol, Carrie, Carole and Cary are the prominent related forms of Cara (#672 the previous year) appearing in the Top 1000. Usage of these girl names reached its apex in the year 1992 (usage of 0.4271%) and has become significantly lower since (usage 0.1776%, down 58.4%), with versions such as Carley, Cara, Carla, Carissa and Carina falling out of fashion. The most fashionable baby names in this list are Caroline (#58), Karina (#429), Carly (#357), Kara (#442) and Karla (#504), with Caroline undergoing a rebound in popularity. Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of Cara and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Cara▼ is alike in pronunciation to Caree, Carey▼, Carie, Charo, Chiara, Cora, Cori▼, Cory, Karah, Kari▼, Kary, Keara, Kera, Kiara, Kira, Kora and Kyra. Other suggested similar baby names are Bara, Cala, Cama, Carma, Carna, Ceara, Cearaa, Cearia, Cearra, Ceira, Cera, Cerea, Ceri, Ceria, Char, Chara, Chari, Ciaara, Ciara▼, Ciarra, Cieara, Ciera▼, Cira, Ciri, Clara, Cor, Cyra, Cyrah, Dara▼, Fara, Iara, Lara▼, Mara, Sara, Tara▼, Yara and Zara. These names tend to be less frequently used than Cara.