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What does Chara mean?

Chara Pronunciation of Chara [chara] as a name for girls is of Old German derivation, and the name Chara means "free man". Chara is an alternate form of Charlotte (Old German).


Chara has 5 variants: Sheri, Sherie, Sherrie, Sherry and Sherye.

22 more relations via Charlotte: Carla, Carly, Char, Charill, Charla, Charle, Charlet, Charlie, Charlita, Charlot, Charly, Charmain, Charmian, Charo, Charty, Charyl, Cheryl, Karla, Sharel, Sharil, Sharla and Sharyl.

Creative forms:
(female) Chaca, Chera, ..

(male) Chaer, ..

Middle name pairings:
Chara Acacia (C.A.), ..

How popular is Chara?

Chara is a somewhat prominent first name for women (#3906 out of 4276, Top 91%) and also a somewhat prominent last name for all people (#150436 out of 150436, Top 100%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related girl names. Charlotte (#9 a year ago), Charlie (#207), Carly (#389), Karla (#510), Carla (#873), Sherie, Sheri, Sherry, Sherrie, Cheryl, Charla, Charly, Sharla and Sharyl are the popular alternative forms of Chara (outside Top 2000). Other variants, like Charmain, are seldom used. Usage of these relations of Chara was widespread among parents 65 years ago (usage of 1.9%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.9%, 51% less), with versions like Karla becoming somewhat outmoded. Charlotte and Charlie are two of the more contemporarily stylish names for newborns in this compilation. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carla, Carly, Charla, Charlie, Charlotte in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Charly, Cheryl, Karla, Sharla, Sharyl in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sheri, Sherie, Sherrie, Sherry in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Carla, Carly, Charlie, Charlotte outside U.S.

Similar Names

Chara is pronounced similarly to Charee, Chari, Charie, Cheeara, Cheree, Cherey, Cheri, Cherry, Chery, Cherye, Shara, Sharae, Sharaia, Sharay, Sharaye, Sharee, Shary, Sheera, Shera, Sherae, Sherah, Sheria, Shery, Shirah and Shura. Other recommended names are Caera, Cara, Carah, Cari, Caro, Cary, Ceara, Cearaa, Cearia, Cearra, Ceira, Cera, Chaba, Chana, Charma, Chava, Chaya, Cher, Chere, Chiara, Chiarra, Ciaara, Ciara, Ciarra, Cieara, Ciera, Cira, Clara, Cora and Cyra. These names tend to be less commonly used than Chara.

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