What does Cari mean?
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%) and a slightly less popular surname for both adults and children (#96480 out of 150436, Top 64%). (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. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Prominent variation forms of Cari appearing in the Top 1000 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 (usage of 0.4228%) and is now significantly lower (usage 0.2224%, down 47.4%), 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. Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of the girl name Cari and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)
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.