Cara is a simple, sweet, Italian endearment that enjoyed its greatest popularity from the 1970s through the 1990s, reaching a high of Number 189 in 1977. Though it's still far from this spot, Cara comes in at a very respectable Number 672 in the US Top 1000. Cara does even better in England, where she ranks at 171.
In the Evelyn Waugh novel Brideshead Revisited, the Cara character is French.
Damon Wayans took the endearment aspect even further when he named his now-grown daughter Cara Mia.