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What does Cari mean?

Cari Pronunciation of Cari as a girls' 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. Also form of Carrie. Also form of Catherine. Also form of Ceridwen. Also form of Katherine.


ASSOCIATED WITH gaelic, hill (mountain), black, surname


RELATED FORMS VIA CAROL, CAROLINE Caddy, Callie, Caralin, Carel, Carely, Carey, Cariel, Carilis, Carilyn, Carla, Carlan, Carlein, Carlen, Carley, Carlin, Carlina, Carline, Carlita, Carly, Carlyn, Caro, Carol, Carola, Carole, Carolin, Caroll, Caroly, Carri, Carrie, Carrol, Carry, Cary, Caryl, Caryle, Caryll, Charla, Charyl, Karel, Kari, Karla, Karli, Karlie, Karol, Karyl



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How popular is Cari?

Cari is a very popular first name for women (#1081 out of 4276, Top 25%) and a slightly less popular surname for both adults and children (#96480 out of 150436, Top 64%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Cari was first listed in 1950-1959 and reached its apex position of #457 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, but is not found in the list currently. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent variation forms of Cari appearing in the Top 2000 are Callie (#190 A YEAR AGO), Carey, Carla (#1022), Carley (#1443), Carline, Carly (#483), Carlyn, Caro, Carol (#1788), Carola, Carole, Carolin, Caroline (#55), Caroll, Carri, Carrie (#1768), Carrol, Carry, Cary, Caryl, Catherine (#204), Charla, Karel, Kari (#1569), Karla (#626), Karli (#1831), Karlie (#1054), Karol, Karyl and Katherine (#112). Adoption of these relations of Cari was at its most widespread 78 years ago (USAGE OF 3.38%) and is now significantly lower (USAGE 0.72%, 79%). Katherine has been the top favorite, though Caroline is now more regularly used, while versions such as Charla have lost favor.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cari, Callie, Carey, Carla, Carley in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carline, Carly, Carlyn, Caro, Carol in U.S.

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

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Caryl, Catherine, Charla, Karel, Kari in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karla, Karli, Karlie, Karol, Karyl, Katherine in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Callie, Carla, Carly, Caroline, Catherine, Katherine outside U.S.

Similar Names

Cari is alike in pronunciation to Caera, Carah, Caree, Carie, Carrey, Cora, Coree, Corey, Cori, Corri, Kaara, Kaira, Karah, Karee, Karie, Karra, Karrie, Kary, Kera, Keri, Kerri, Kiara, Kiri, Kora and Korri. Other suggested similar-sounding 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 frequently used than Cari.

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