Meaning and name origin
Cari \c(a)-ri\ as a girl's 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 is a very popular first name for females (#1081 out of 4276, Top 25%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Cari for girls. Cari reached its highest rank of #465 in the U.S. in 1970-1979. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Cari and related names. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Caroline (#58), Katherine (#83), Catherine (#170), Carrie, Cari and Carol. (2014 statistics).
Cari▼ is also pronounced similarly to Caera, Cara▼, Carah, Caree, Carey▼, Carie, Caro, Carri, Carry, Cary, Charo, Cora▲, Cori▼, Corie, Corri, Cory, Kara▼, Kari▼, 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 commonly used than Cari.