Meaning and Name Origin
Cari \c(a)-ri\ as a girls' name is of Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Cari is "love". From "caru". Originally a nickname for Carol or Caroline. Also possibly derived from Welsh "rhiw" meaning "hill fort", or from Gaelic "ciar" meaning "black", and Latin "carriarus" for an occupational surname for those who moved goods.
Cari▼ has 44 related forms via Carol, Caroline: Caddy, Callie▲, Caralin, Carel, Carely, Carey▼, Cariel, Carilis, Carilyn, Carla▼, Carlan, Carlein, Carlen, Carley▼, Carlin, Carlina, Carline, Carlita, Carly▲, Carlyn, Caro, Carol▼, Carola, Carole▼, Carolin, Caroll, Caroly, Carri, Carrie▼, Carrol▼, Carry, Cary, Caryl▼, Caryle, Caryll, Charla▼, Charyl, Karel, Kari▼, Karla▲, Karli▼, Karlie▼, Karol▼ and Karyl.
Cari is a very popular first name for women (#1081 out of 4276, Top 25%) but a unique surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Cari for girls. Cari was first listed in 1960-1969 and reached its apex position of #465 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, but is not found in the list currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of the girl name Cari and related names. Prominent variation forms of Cari are Callie (#186 a year ago), Carey, Carla (#864), Carley, Carly (#357), Carol, Carole, Caroline (#58), Carri, Carrie, Carrol, Cary, Caryl, Catherine (#170), Charla, Kari, Karla (#504), Karli, Karlie (#885), Karol and Katherine (#83). Usage of these girl names was at its most widespread during 1970-1979 and is now significantly lower, with forms such as Carla, Carley, Charla, Kari and Karli falling out of style. Callie (#186), Carly (#357), Caroline (#58) and Karla (#504) are four of the more fashionable girl names among these, with Callie and Caroline having a rebound in popularity. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Cari▼ is alike in pronunciation to Caera, Cara▼, Carah, Caree, Carie, Charo, Cora▲, Cori▼, Corie, Corri, Cory, Kara▲, Karie, Karri, Kary, Keri▼, Kiri and Kori. Other suggested similar baby names are Bari, Caci, Cadi, Cai, Cali▲, Cami, Capri, Carin, Caris, Carli▼, Carmi, Casi, Cati, Ceara, Cearia, Cera, Ceri, Ceria, Char, Chara, Chari, Charie, Cheri▼, Ciara▼, Cira, Ciri, Clari, Cor, Cyra, Dari, Lari, Mari▼, Nari and Sari. These names tend to be less frequently used than Cari.