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What does Carina mean?

Carina Pronunciation of 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.

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.

Creative forms:
(female) Carila, ..

(male) Carica, Caring, ..

Middle name pairings:
Carina Salem (C.S.), ..

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)

Carina was first listed in 1960-1969 and reached its apex rank of #383 in the U.S. in 1995, and is at #1067 currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent varying forms of Carina (#1067 from current records) are Karina (#462 from current records), Karen (#504), Kara (#509), Cara (#727), Taryn (#1062), Carrie (#1680), Kari (#1817), Karin, Caren, Karyn, Rina, Karon, Carin, Carry, Caron, Caryn, Kaira, Karan and Karena. Other forms, like Caronne, are uncommon. Usage of these forms of Carina was widespread among parents 55 years ago (average #996) and has become much diminished since (#1591, 96.4%), with forms such as Cara 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.

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