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pinWhat does Cara mean?

Cara /cara/ [2 sylls.] 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.

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.

Kreatif forms: Cacara, Calra, Caraca. [more]

pinHow 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. 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.

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%, 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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Cara, Cari, Carina, Carissa, Carla in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Carley, Carly, Carol, Carole, Caroline in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Carri, Carrie, Cary, Charla, Ina in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of 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.

pinSimilar 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.