What does Cara mean?
Cara [cara]▼ 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.
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, Lacara
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, SharlaCREATIVE FORMS
(female) Caca, Cava, ..
(male) Caco, Caroy, .. MIDDLE NAME PAIRINGS
Cara Linda (C.L.), ..
How popular is Cara?
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. DEMOGRAPHICS)
Cara reached its highest position of #205 in the U.S. during 1980-1989, and is at #727 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA RECORDS)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Caroline (#62 FROM CURRENT RECORDS), Carly (#389), Karina (#462), Kara (#509), Karla (#510), Lina (#857), Carla (#873), Carina (#1067), Carley (#1106), Karli (#1292), Carissa (#1412), Carrie (#1680), Carol (#1768), Kaira, Ina, Sharla, Karrie, Charla, Caroll, Caro, Carlyn, Carlota, Cari, Carola, Carole, Cary, Carry, Carri and Charis are the prominent related forms of Cara (#727) appearing in the Top 2000. Adoption of these forms of Cara was common 75 years ago (ADOPTION OF 3.74%) and has become significantly reduced since (ADOPTION 0.55%, ▼85%), with versions such as Carole falling out of fashion. Caroline has been the most prominent.
Cara▼ is alike in pronunciation to Caree, Carey▼, Carie, Coree, Corey▼, Cori, Corie, Corry, Cory, Kari▼, Keara, Keira, Kera, Keri▼, Kerra, Kiara▼, Kiarra▼, Kiera, Kiri, Kirya, Kora▲, Kori▲, Kyrha, Kyria and Kyrra. Other suggested similar 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.See names in meaning and etymology.