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What does Carina mean?

Carina [ca-ri-na] as a girls' name is pronounced ka-REEN-ah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Carina is "beloved".

Late 19th-century coinage: pet form of Cara (like Carita) and partly inspired by Karin. Also considered a Latinate form of Karen. Often used in Italy in the exclamation "Che carina!" meaning, "How darling!" or "How cute!". Also the name of a constellation in the southern sky, where the name means "keel" in Latin, referring to a part of Jason's ship the Argo.

Associated with: 19th century, constellation (star), sky (heaven).


Carina has 16 variants: Careena, Caren, Carena, Carenna, Cariana, Carin, Carine, Carinna, Carita, Carrina, Kareena, Karena, Karina, Karine, Karita and Rina.

Related girl names: Careen and Kara.

Carina has 37 more relations via Cara, Carita, Karen, Karin: Caera, Caragh, Carah, Caralea, Caralia, Caralin, Caranda, Caretta, Caritta, Caron, Caronn, Caronne, Carren, Carrie, Carrin, Carron, Carry, Carryn, Caryn, Carynn, Carynne, Kaira, Kara, Karan, Karene, Kari, Karin, Karinne, Karna, Karon, Karra, Karrin, Karyn, Karynn, Taran, Taren and Taryn.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Carila, Carione, ..

(male) Carienne, Caring, ..

How popular is Carina?

Carina is a very prominent first name for females (#1599 out of 4276, Top 37%) but an uncommon surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the baby name statistics of Carina for girls. Carina was first listed in 1960-1969 and reached its apex rank of #383 in the U.S. in 1995, and is at #1019 currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carina name in U.S.

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

Prominent varying forms of Carina (#1019 from current records) are Karina (#429 from current records), Kara (#442), Karen (#492), Cara (#672), Taryn (#853), Carrie (#1492), Kari (#1844), Caren, Karin, Karyn, Rina, Karon, Karan, Carry, Caron, Caryn, Kaira, Carin and Karena. Other forms, like Caronne, are uncommon. Usage of these forms of Carina was widespread among parents 54 years ago (average #996) and has become much diminished since (#1562, 96%), with forms such as Carrie becoming somewhat outmoded.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carina, Cara, Caren, Carin, Caron in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carrie, Carry, Caryn, Kaira, Kara in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karan, Karen, Karena, Kari, Karin in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karina, Karon, Karyn, Rina, Taryn in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cara, Kara, Karen, Karin outside U.S.

Similar Names


Carina is pronounced similarly to Carynna, Corena, Corina, Corinna, Corona, Coronna, Correna, Corrina, Corrinna, Karaina, Kareina, Karenah, Kariana, Karianna, Karinna, Karinya, Karrena, Karrina, Karynna, Kerena, Keriana, Kiriana, Korena, Korinna and Korrina. Other recommended names are Calin, Capriana, Cari, Carie, Cariel, Carisia, Carlla, Carmia, Carmine, Catrina, Catrine, Celina, Cerena, Cerisa, Cerrina, Cesarina, Cherena, Clarica, Clarine, Corine, Corrine, Corvina, Coryn, Cyrena, Daina, Earlina, Erina, Farica, Jamina, Jardina, Jarica, Karmina, Katrina, Larina, Larinda, Latina, Mahina, Marcina, Marine, Marna, Ocarina, Parisa, Raina, Sarena, Saria, Tarena, Vardina, Varona, Yaryna and Zorina. These names tend to be less frequently used than Carina.