Gender: Female Origin of Kara: Norse mythology name Meaning of Cara: Latin, Italian, Irish, Spanish, and Portuguese, "dear; friend; face" Kara's Popularity in 2019: #575

Kara Origin and Meaning

The name Kara is a girl's name of Irish, Latin, Norse origin.

Kara peaked in the 1980s but remains more popular than the Cara variant. In Norse mythology, was a Valkyrie, lover of Helgi, who charmed his enemies in battle by enchanting them with song.

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Rank in US: #575

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Pop Culture References for the name Kara

Karina, Kaira, Cara, Karalie, Karalee, Karah, Kera, Karrie, Carita, Kari, Carina, Kairah, Karrah, Karra, Karalea, Karine,


private Says:


I like this more when it's pronounced as Kah-ruh :)

Kellen_Claire Says:


Love Kara. It makes me think of Kara Zor El aka Supergirl!

bordercollie Says:


I love both Kara and Cara, as well as Kira, Keira, etc. They're all such simple, pretty names.

TheSlothPrincess Says:


Really like the name Kara, it sounds smart and friendly!

shelbynh Says:


Love the meaning behind this name!

AlexandriaJ Says:


I have heard Kara (Care-uh) and Cara (Car-ah) pronounced two different ways is there a preferred pronunciation?

amberann2002 Says:


My daughter is named Kara and I've always gotten a lot of compliments on it. Plus my hubs and I love it (which really is all that matters!). I do find she initially gets mistaken for Kiera a lot, though!

taliawhat Says:


Kara is a name and spelling variant first and foremost, whereas, like peacebird10 pointed out, Cara stands on its own in terms of roots and meaning. I don't think Kara is bad, but Cara seems fresher, less trendy and unexpected and a bit friendlier. Stronger appearance to me as well, less teenage-girl.

Dspisces1407 Says:


I don't understand how nameberry seems to dislike this spelling but loves the Cara spelling. Like what?!

peacebird10 Says:


As far as I know, Kara is a diminutive of Katherine, which means "pure," while Cara has its own roots and meaning.