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Quick Facts on Kara

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Celtic, Gaelic, Irish, Italian
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 376
KARE-ah or KHAR-ah
Simple meaning:
Beloved, dearest, friend

Characteristics of Kara

  • Dependable
  • Solid
  • Practical
  • Hard-working
  • Industrious
  • Studious
  • Conservative

Etymology & Historical Origin - Kara

Kara is a respelling of Cara, which comes from an Italian term of endearment “cara” meaning ‘dearest one, beloved’. Cara is also considered a Gaelic name coming from the Irish word “cara” meaning ‘friend’. The name has been in use since the 19th century but did not become commonplace until the 1950s, at which time the alternate spelling of Kara was adopted. Kara is still most popular among English-speaking nations and ranks the highest in the countries of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Popularity of the Name Kara

In the United States, Kara first appeared on the female naming charts in 1956 and pretty quickly became the preferred spelling to the older, more traditional Cara. Kara climbed the charts at a solid rate in the 1960s and 70s and by the mid-1980s, she was briefly a Top 100 choice. The name has seen a slow and steady decline in the past two decades and is now barely hanging onto a spot on the Top 300 list. Nonetheless, Kara is a strong and solid choice as a girl’s name, a sort of diamond in the rough (incidentally, in Vietnamese, “cara” means ‘carat’ which is the weight of a diamond). The name is simple, down-to-earth, and pretty. Kara also has two possible pronunciations – KARa or KAREa, both of which sound lovely. The best part of this name? The meaning. Beloved (Italian) and friend (Irish). This is a great choice for an Irish-Italian pairing. This way, the ethnicities of both mom and dad are reflected in your daughter’s name!
Popularity of the Girl Name Kara
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Kara

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Kara

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Kara

    Kara Zor-El (aka Supergirl) Kara Zor-El was the real name of "Supergirl", first introduced in the comic book series published by DC Comics in May 1959. She was sent down to earth by her parents to be raised by her cousin Kal-El, known more commonly as Superman. Adopting the identity of an orphan, Supergirl would hide her blonde tresses under a brunette wig until transforming into her alter ego. She would go onto aid her cousin by his side in daring feats (even when sometimes she innocently got in his way). In the end, Supergirl saves Superman from a Kryptonite meteor, dying herself in 1985. Her iconic character’s popularity was hard to suppress, so Supergirl lives on today.

  • Popular Songs on Kara

    Popular Songs on Kara

    Kara - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Kara.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Kara

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Kara

    Kara : The Human Goddess: Volume 1 (F. Dichma) - As humans, we attempt to understand our dreams. We fall asleep to have them, we educate ourselves to fulfill them, and if interesting, we tell our best friend about them. But what happens when those dreams cross over into reality? Kara Rivers never knew the true story behind her birth, her inability to get sick, her thirst for bloodshed, nor the reasons for her strange dreams. The time to learn has finally come. Recommended for ages young adult.

    The Boy Project: Notes and Observations of Kara McAllister (Kami Kinard) - For anyone who's ever felt that boys were a different species....Thirteen and wildly creative, Kara McAllister just had her best idea yet. She's going to take notes on all of the boys in her grade (and a few elsewhere) in order to answer a seemingly simple question: How can she get a boyfriend? But Kara's project turns out to be a lot more complicated than she imagined. Soon there are secrets, lies, and an embarrassing incident in the boy's bathroom. Plus, Kara has to deal with mean girls, her slightly spacey BFF, and some surprising uses for duct tape. Still, if Kara's research leads her to the right boy, everything may just be worth it. Full of charts and graphs, heart and humor, this hilarious debut will resonate with tweens everywhere. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Kara

    Famous People Named Kara

    Famous People Named Kara - Kara DioGuardi (songwriter/TV personality); Kara Crane (actress); Kara Kennedy (daughter of Ted Kennedy); Kara Walker (artist); Kara Tointon (English actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Kara

    Children of Famous People Named Kara

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Kara - Edward Kennedy (politician); Joe Diffie (country musician); Michael Dukakis (politican)

  • Historic Figures

    Kara - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Kara

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Variations of the Baby Name - Kara

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