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Quick Facts on Cara

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Gaelic, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 621
Simple meaning:
Dear, beloved; Friend

Characteristics of Cara

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Cara

Cara is the Latin and Italian word for “dear” as in “cherished, beloved” but it is also the Irish-Gaelic word for “friend”. With a name like Cara you get two lovely etymologies for the price of one! And if that’s not enough, “cara” is the Spanish word for “face”. Despite her many potential meanings, from a historic perspective, parents have used Cara with the Latin definition in mind to demonstrate their love for their “beloved” baby girls. The name dates back to the late 19th century but did not gain any significant popularity within the English speaking world until the 1950s. In Gaelic-influenced countries, Cara is quite popular and therefore most likely used with the definition of “friend” in mind. It’s a Top 25 favorite girls name in Ireland right now, and it’s almost a Top 50 in both Scotland and Northern Ireland. Cara is much less popular within other English-speaking nations today. In other languages, the Latin-influenced “cara” for “dear, beloved” is rendered as: kære (Danish), kjære (Norwegian), kära (Swedish), chère (French) and caro (Portuguese). Interesting to note the similarities. Outside of being the Spanish “face” of a “beloved” Latin “Irish friend”, Cara is also sometimes considered a pet form of other “Car-“ names: Carolina, Carina and Carissa, for instance.

Popularity of the Name Cara

Cara appeared sporadically and with very low frequency on the American female naming charts in the late 19th century and early 20th. For all intents and purposes, however, Cara was a name that didn’t really stick to usage in the U.S. until 1952. By the 1970s and 80s, Cara was at the top of her game. The name achieved its best position ever on the charts in 1985 when it was ranked 184th in the nation. At the start of the 1990s, however, it became clear that Cara was losing her luster. She has now fallen to levels of pretty low moderation and is no longer a name widely considered among American parents. Cara is still greatly appreciated in Ireland and Scotland, though. Irish and Scottish Americans might want to take note of that fact. Cara is understated and non-fussy: four-letters and two-syllables, simple yet lovely. Pronunciation depends on parental preference (KAHR vs. KARE). A “dear” little name with an upbeat and “friendly” quality.
Popularity of the Girl Name Cara
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Cara

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Cara

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Cara

    Cara We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Cara.

  • Popular Songs on Cara

    Popular Songs on Cara

    A Te, O Cara - an aria sung by Andrea Bocelli

    Cara Lucia - a song by Mario Saracino

    Cara, Mia - a song by Jay & The Americans

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Cara

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Cara

    A Porpoise for Cara (Linda Black) - Cara, a young, rich, shy girl doesn’t have friends, so she spends most of her time lying in the meadows counting butterflies and smelling the sweet aroma of the beautiful wild flowers. Daydreaming about the ocean that she loves and misses, the peacefulness and serenity of being out there, the explicit aromatic fragrance of it dances in her head. Cara hasn’t been to the ocean since her father died two years before, and she craves it. When her mom, Elaine, surprises her with a trip at sea, she is overjoyed. Tranquility and quietness quickly turns into a suspenseful and nerve-shattering ordeal at sea. The fierce uproar ahead of them is mind boggling. Cara and Elaine move closer to get a better look. This shocking and horrific discovery transforms Cara’s life forever. This adventuresome experience of a daring rescue at sea is sure to delight all ages.

    Cara the Camp Fairy (Daisy Meadows) - Just in time for summer, a brand-new special edition --- all about the magic of summer camp! Summer camp is one of the best parts of summer vacation, thanks to Cara the Camp Fairy! Because of her special magic, campers can navigate through the woods, stay cool during the day, and do lots of fun activities. But Jack Frost has sent his goblins to steal Cara's magic. Now camp is a catastrophe! Rachel and Kirsty have been looking forward to camp for months, but everything is going all wrong. Can they help Cara fix things…before the whole summer is ruined? Find the magic items in all three stories inside this Rainbow Magic Special Edition and help save summer camp! Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Cara's Story: Coping With Life, Death, and Loss (Maureen A. Burns & Cara Burns) - A book for children to help them cope with death and loss. This is Cara's true story of losing her friend when he died from an accident and losing her other friend who moved far away. Recommended for ages 5-8.

  • Famous People Named Cara

    Famous People Named Cara

    Famous People Named Cara - Cara Black (Zimbabwean tennis player); Cara Black (author); Cara DeLizia (child actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Cara

    Children of Famous People Named Cara

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Cara - Pete Rose (baseball star); Jon & Kate Gosselin (reality TV personalities); Kerry Kennedy (Kennedy clan, daughter of RFK)

  • Historic Figures

    Cara - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Cara - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Cara.

Personality of the Girl Name Cara

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Cara

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