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.
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.
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.Creative forms:
(female) Caca, Cava, ..
(male) Caraan, 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 from current records) 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.