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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.

For more on this name, see also related girl names Careen, Carissa, Carita and Charis.

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 a slightly less popular surname for all people (#74363 out of 88799, Top 84%). (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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Cara name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cara outside U.S.

Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of Cara and affiliated names. 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 this girl name reached its apex in 1992 and has become significantly lower since, 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. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Cara, Cari, Carina, Carissa, Carla, Carley, Carly, Carol, Carole, Caroline in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Carri, Carrie, Cary, Charla, Ina, Kara, Karina, Karla, Karli, Karrie in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Lina, Sharla in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cara, Carla, Carly, Caroline, Kara, Lina outside U.S.

Similar Names

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.