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Gender: Female Meaning of Cara: "dear; friend; face" Origin of Cara: Latin, Italian, Irish, Spanish, and Portuguese Cara's Popularity in 2017: #856

The name Cara is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "dear; friend; face". Cara is ranked #856 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Alternatives to Ava and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Cara

Cara Jocelyn Delevingne, English model and actress
Cara Jenkins, English actress
Cara Williams (born Bernice Kamiat), American actress
Cara Black, Zimbabwean tennis player
Cara Seymour, English actress
Cara Elizabeth Dillon, Irish singer
Cara Lockwood, American novelist
Cara Pifko, Canadian actress
Cara Luft, Canadian singer-songwriter
Cara Hain Wakelin, Canadian model and actress
Cara Zavaleta, American model and actress
Cara Elizabeth DeLizia, American actress
Cara Readle, Welsh actress
Cara Renee Gorges, Miss Kansas USA 2007
Cara Elizabeth Quici, American singer-songwriter
Cara Buono, American 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 Kennedy-Cuomo (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

Pop Culture References for the name Cara

Cara, Irish Gaelic word for "friend", explaining why it's so popular in Ireland.
Cara, character in "Teen Idol" by Meg Cabot
Cara, character in the Divergent trilogy
Cara Coburn, character on TV's "The Tomorrow People"
Cara Mason, character in the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind
Cara, character 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

Cara's International Variations

Carra (Irish)