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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Cara
This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Cara in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the girl's name Cara:
Records indicate that 47,484 girls in the United States have been named Cara since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1985, when 1,461 people in the U.S. were given the name Cara. Those people are now 28 years old.
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Comments about the name Cara
Comment left Sep 22, 2012: "I pronounce it Car-ah. MANY people will ask my name, I say it to them and then they later say "Carla, Ca-ra (short a), Carla, Coral..." It's not that difficult a name; 2 syllables only! Over the years, I've gotten used to being called various versions of Car-ah. So I've told my close friends to just call me "Car"...it really helps to distinguish who really knows me/my name. :)
Met a gal working at Legoland who shares the same name and pronunciation. Awesome...first one ever!" (Report as inappropriate)
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Comment left Jul 29, 2012: "car-ah is a beautiful name.....
beloved friend....what could be better??" (Report as inappropriate)
Comment left Jul 11, 2012: "My name is Cara, I'm Irish but live in England. I don't mind how people pronounce it but most say "Car-rah" I know in Gaelic it means "Friend" and Italian I believe it means "beloved" I've been called Carla so many times and sometimes people spell it with a "K" I have never met someone called Kara or even another person with the name Cara as it is not very common in England which makes me even happier because my name is rare and original, not like say Hannah or Jessica or Shannon. It was my godmother that gave my parents the idea because I wasn't named until I was 2 and she said that I was very friendly and from then on I was called Cara. :)" (Report as inappropriate)
Comment left Nov 26, 2011: "We named our baby Cara. So many people compliment us on the name. I think it's very feminine and pretty. I hope she likes it too. Wquite a few people mix it up with Clara or Carla, and one friend keeps spelling it with a K! I love the Irish/Italian roots and love both meanings" (Report as inappropriate)
Comment left Aug 30, 2011: "My name is Cara. Pronounced "Car-uh" I have grown to love my name as I've gotten older. Growning up I was constantly called care-uh from people that didn't know any better. I was to embarrased by my unique name to correct people. Never meeting anyone else with the same pronounciation of the name Cara, I've really come to love my name." (Report as inappropriate)
Comment left Jun 14, 2011: "When my son and daughter were looking at baby names for their daughter, They looked for a Galic name as their last name is considered Galic. That book said it was two ryming sylables Ca'ra' That is the way we pronounce it. It is a lovely name with a lovely meaning. Has no air or car involved." (Report as inappropriate)
Comment left May 01, 2011: "My name is Cara, and I think its a pretty good name. I let people determine which way they want to say it. It just happens to be a name with a lot of meanings behind it in a lot of languages, so it dos not offend me if they do not pronouce it the same way my parents did. I just see it as someone saying my name with an accent and I won't tell them otherwise unless they ask. I don't expect everyone to talk in my same dialect, and if it is easier for them to pronounce it another way, then that's fine. At least they know my name, that's more important to me. Plus, I think both ways sound pretty in their own ways." (Report as inappropriate)
Comment left Mar 09, 2011: "my name is kara jane. i absolutely LOVE my name. i don't know many people with my name but a few. in my school of over a thousand there wasn't another kara, or cara for that fact. i like it better than with a C because if it is spelled with a C people pronounce is Car-ah. i don't like that. i am pronounced kare-uh. very pretty name. i've only had one person pronounce it car-ah before. it does get annoying that when i tell people my name they think i am saying tara, sarah, carol, karen, kiara, etc. other than that, it's wonderful!" (Report as inappropriate)
Comment left Mar 01, 2011: "I am from NY and there we like to be called CA-RA- simple." (Report as inappropriate)
Comment left Jan 11, 2011: "My name is Cara, pronounced Car-ah. I have yet to come across another Cara, and absolutely adore the name. I'm Irish, and am constantly surrounded with the repetition of the name Mary, or Jennifer, common names. I love the originality and individuality that comes with the name, and am proud to be a Cara! X" (Report as inappropriate)
Comment left Dec 23, 2010: "Speaking as someone who is fluent in Gaelic, Cara should be pronounced Cahr-uh in Gaelic, meaning friend and oddly the brand name for matches in Ireland. K doesn't even exist in gaelic!" (Report as inappropriate)
Comment left Nov 20, 2010: "Well we waited to the last minute to name our daughter we could not agree and then my husband really wanted and Irish name and stumbled to this name and and added to our list and then. Our son goes baby girl needs a name and i gave him three and he picked cara, Then my oldest daughter said people will not say her name right and that is true . We tell them when they say it wrong. We love her name.. Then we have people that love her name." (Report as inappropriate)
Comment left Oct 09, 2010: "my name is cara, pronounced (care-uh), i have never met anyone with the same name as me. my whole first name is Cara-Lynn, but i say cara. my name is beautiful and it makes me feel proud of it, but people try to put me down because of it. i dont listen to them because my name is the best ever." (Report as inappropriate)
Comment left Sep 08, 2010: "I've never met another kara with a k, it's always spelled with a c." (Report as inappropriate)
Comment left Jun 20, 2010: "my name is Cara but it's pronounced (care-uh). I've never met someone who pronounces it car-uh. I have a twin sister named Anna. So our named kind of go together. I really like my name because it's different. :)" (Report as inappropriate)
Comment left Jun 07, 2010: "hi im cara or cara-jane, its pronounced car-rah, i like it loads when i was 12 i started to learn latin and although it says it means beleoved it was dear aas in the beginning of a letter, through out my secondary school years i had issues with a boy who had special needs he chose to attach himself to me becasue of my name.
i offten get my nick name of Caz. i know no-one with the same name as me and i like that however i gets confusiong at school cos my best friends are claire, clara, sara, sarah and kim. i remember going to berlin and there is a resteraunt called CARA, near postamerplatz i recomend it i just had to keep the servet, :)" (Report as inappropriate)
Comment left Jun 04, 2010: "I'm a Cara Lynn and it is pronounced Care-uh. When I lived in New England I often got called "Car-uh" You don't call Saras' "Sar-uh", so why pronounce it that way? Sometimes people think my name is Carol, Carolyn or Caroline, which I don't like. I've been nicknamed "Care" Everyone tried to spell it w/ a K growing up. Overall, I am happy w/ the Cara part of my two first names. People know the name, yet I don't meet a lot of others. The ones I have met have always been unique individuals." (Report as inappropriate)
Comment left May 12, 2010: "my name is Cara Hart. people pronounce my name care-uh too. some people specifically call me caro syrup" (Report as inappropriate)
Comment left Apr 06, 2010: "I named my daughter Cara "Cah-rah" (Scottish) because it meant "friend" in Gaelic. I am Scottish but live in Canada, where most people call her Care-uh, which doesn't sound the same but only because of the different accent. She truly is my best "friend"." (Report as inappropriate)
Comment left Mar 26, 2010: "Might as well use the word face as a name because cara is Spanish for face. This name makes me laugh. It's like "hey Face what's up?"" (Report as inappropriate)
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