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What does Cara mean?

Cara Pronunciation of Cara as a girls' name is pronounced KAR-ah, KEER-ah. It is of Latin, Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Cara is "beloved; friend". 20th-century coinage: feminine form of the Latin and Italian word for "dear". In Irish "cara" means "friend". See also Caroline.


ASSOCIATED WITH irish, 20th century (modern)


VARIANTS Caera, Carabelle, Caragh, Carah, Caralea, Caralee, Caralia, Caralie, Caralin, Caralyn, Caranda, Caretta, Carina, Carine, Carrie, Carry, Kaara, Kaira, Kara, Karalee, Karina, Karine, Karra, Karrie, Karry, Lacara

SEE ALSO Careen, Carissa, Carita, Charis

RELATED FORMS VIA CAROLINE Caddy, Cari, Carla, Carlan, Carlen, Carley, Carlin, Carlina, Carlita, Carlota, Carly, Carlyn, Carlyna, Caro, Carol, Carola, Carolan, Carole, Caroll, Carri, Cary, Charla, Ina, Karla, Karli, Lina, Sharla



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How popular is Cara?

Cara is a very popular first name for females (#523 out of 4276, Top 12%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#26419 out of 150436, Top 18%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Cara reached its highest position of #205 in the U.S. during 1980-1989, and is at #873 currently. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Caroline (#55 FROM CURRENT RECORDS), Carly (#483), Kara (#500), Karina (#600), Karla (#626), Lina (#760), Carla (#1022), Carina (#1072), Kaira (#1429), Carley (#1443), Carrie (#1768), Carol (#1788), Karli (#1831), Carissa (#1986), Charla, Karrie, Ina, Carri, Charis, Cary, Carry, Cari, Caroll, Carole, Carola, Caro, Carlyn, Carlota and Sharla are the prominent related forms of Cara (#873) appearing in the Top 2000. Adoption of these forms of Cara was common 78 years ago (ADOPTION OF 2.66%) and has become significantly reduced since (ADOPTION 0.49%, 82%), with versions such as Carol falling out of fashion. Caroline has been the most prominent.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cara, Cari, Carina, Carissa, Carla in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carley, Carlota, Carly, Carlyn, Caro in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carol, Carola, Carole, Caroline, Caroll in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carri, Carrie, Carry, Cary, Charis in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Charla, Ina, Kaira, Kara, Karina in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karla, Karli, Karrie, Lina, Sharla in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cara, Carla, Carly, Caroline, Kara, Lina outside U.S.

Similar Names

Cara is alike in pronunciation to Caree, Carey, Carie, Coree, Corey, Cori, Corie, Corry, Cory, Kari, Keara, Keira, Kera, Keri, Kerra, Kiara, Kiarra, Kiera, Kiri, Kirya, Kora, Kori, Kyrha, Kyria and Kyrra. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Bara, Cala, Cama, Carma, Carna, Ceara, Cearaa, Cearia, Cearra, Ceira, Cera, Cerea, Ceri, Ceria, Char, Chara, Chari, Ciaara, Ciara, Ciarra, Cieara, Ciera, Cira, Ciri, Clara, Cor, Cyra, Cyrah, Dara, Fara, Iara, Lara, Mara, Sara, Tara, Yara and Zara. These names tend to be less frequently used than Cara.

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