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Meaning and name origin

Cara \c(a)-ra\ as a girl's 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 variant forms: 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 information, see also related girl names Careen, Carissa, Carita and Charis.


Cara is a very popular first name for females (#523 out of 4276, Top 12%) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#74363 out of 88799, Top 84%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Cara for girls (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Cara and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Caroline (#58), Karina (#429), Kara (#442), Cara (#672), Charis, Carissa, Carina, Carrie and Karrie. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Caroline, Karina, Kara, Cara, Carissa, Carina, Carrie, Karrie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Caroline, Karina, Kara, Cara, Charis outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Carissa, Carina, Carrie outside U.S.

Similar Names

Cara is also pronounced similarly to Caree, Carey, Cari, Carie, Caro, Carri, Cary, Charo, Chiara, Cora, Cori, Cory, Karah, Kari, Kary, Keara, Kera, Kiara, Kira, Kora and Kyra. Other suggested similar baby names are Bara, Cala, Cama, Carla, 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 commonly used than Cara.