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Girl Name: Cara

Name: Cara
Pronunciation: \c(a)-ra\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl
Meaning: beloved; friend
Origin: Latin
Related Names: Careen, Carissa, Carita, Charis
Sounds Like: Cary, Cari, Caro, Cora
Variant forms: 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
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 523
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 74363

Description

Cara \c(a)-ra\ as a girl's 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.

Cara has 26 variant forms: 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 and Lacara.

For more information, see also related names Careen, Carissa, Carita and Charis.

Baby names that sound like Cara are Cary, Cari, Caro and Cora.

View a list of the 9 names that reference Cara.

Popularity

Cara is a very popular first name for women (#523 out of 4276) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for both men and women (#74363 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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