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 Names That Mean Friend or Friendly and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".
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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.