Latin, Italian, Irish, Spanish, and Portuguese
"dear; friend; face"

Cara Origin and Meaning

The name Cara is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "dear; friend; face".

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 the name has been on the decline in recent years, that could change soon due to the rising celebrity of English model/actress Cara Delevingne, who played Enchantress in Suicide Squad. Cara is a highly popular choice in Ireland.

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.

# 908 in the US

Cara Rank in US Top 1000

# 472 on Nameberry

Cara Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Cara Popularity

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Famous People Named Cara

  • Cara Jocelyn DelevingneEnglish model and actress
  • Cara JenkinsEnglish actress
  • Cara Williams (born Bernice Kamiat)American actress
  • Cara BlackZimbabwean tennis player
  • Cara SeymourEnglish actress
  • Cara Elizabeth DillonIrish singer
  • Cara LockwoodAmerican novelist
  • Cara PifkoCanadian actress
  • Cara LuftCanadian singer,songwriter
  • Cara Hain WakelinCanadian model and actress
  • Cara ZavaletaAmerican model and actress
  • Cara Elizabeth DeLiziaAmerican actress
  • Cara ReadleWelsh actress
  • Cara Renee GorgesMiss Kansas USA 2007
  • Cara Elizabeth QuiciAmerican singer,songwriter
  • Cara BuonoAmerican actress
  • Cara Connolly (b. 1974)daughter of comedian Billy Connolly
  • Cara Mia Dianne Wayans (b. 1987)daughter of actor/comedian Damon Wayans
  • Cara Rose (b. 1989)daughter of baseball player Pete Rose
  • Cara Ethel KennedyCuomo (b. 1995), daughter of politician Andrew Cuomo and Kerry Kennedy; granddaughter of politician Robert F. Kennedy; twin of sister Mariah Matilda
  • Cara Nicole Gosselin (b. 2000)daughter of reality TV personalities Jon & Kate Gosselin
  • Cara Morkel (b. 2011)daughter of cricketer Albie Morkel

Cara in Pop Culture

  • CaraIrish Gaelic word for "friend", explaining why it's so popular in Ireland.
  • Caracharacter in "Teen Idol" by Meg Cabot
  • Caracharacter in the Divergent trilogy
  • Cara Coburncharacter on TV's "The Tomorrow People"
  • Cara Masoncharacter in the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind
  • Caracharacter in "Atlantia" by Ally Condie
  • "Caraphernelia"a song by the band Pierce The Veil in which the title is a play on of the word paraphernalia and the name Cara
  • Carasynthia "Cara" Dunecharacter in Star Wars show "The Mandalorian"

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