Cara Name Meaning & Origin

Cara

Pronunciation: KAH-rə, KAYR-ə (key)

Origin of the name Cara:

Derived from the Latin cara (beloved) or from the Irish Gaelic cara (friend). Alternatively, Cara is used as a short form of Caroline and Charlotte.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Cara: | Edit

I am named Cara Lynne. I was named after my grandmother Carolyn, just broken down into the first and middle names.

Personal experiences with the name Cara: | Edit

My sister's name is Cara (the "Car" portion rhymes with "far" not "fair") I have always loved her name because it was different.

Nicknames for Cara: | Edit

Care Care, Care bear, Carz, Caramel.

Meanings and history of the name Cara: | Edit

In Gaelic, Cara means "friend." A traditional girls' name in Ireland.
Cara means face in Spanish.

Famous real-life people named Cara: | Edit

Cara Gosselin, "Jon & Kate plus 8", oldest twin
Cara Dillon, Irish Folk/Pop Singer and songwriter
Cara Beth Satalino, American singer-songwriter
Cara Delevingne, British model

Cara in song, story & screen: | Edit

In the Sword of Truth books by Terry Goodkind, Cara is a very strong, powerful and respected woman (the name pronounced Car-a)
Cara Hunter is the main character in "The Unicorn Chronicles" book series by Bruce Coville.
In the 39 Clues series Unstoppable, Cara Pierce is an evil character turned good at a risk to her life.

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