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Cara

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Origin: Italian
Meaning: Darling

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  • Records indicate that 47,886 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 29 years old.

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    Comments about the name Cara

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      75 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Cara, pronounced Car-uh. Its very pretty meaning beloved and friend. I often get called Carla or Clara though." Jun. 23, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "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!" Sep. 22, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "car-ah is a beautiful name..... beloved friend....what could be better??" Jul. 29, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "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. :)" Jul. 11, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "hi i'm cara sounds like car-ah i hate it when people call me care-ah or claira i really want a nickname and now i call myself " caz"" May. 16, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "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" Nov. 26, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "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." Aug. 30, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "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." Jun. 14, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am from NY and there we like to be called CA-RA- simple." Mar. 1, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "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" Jan. 11, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "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." Nov. 20, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "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." Oct. 9, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "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, :)" Jun. 7, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "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." Jun. 4, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Cara Hart. people pronounce my name care-uh too. some people specifically call me caro syrup" May. 12, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "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"." Apr. 6, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is cara pickles , pronounced 'car-ah , as im from manchester - united kingdom (england ) lolz , i get the nick name " jara pickles , how sweet xxxx :)" Jan. 22, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Cara, and it is pronounced car-uh. I love my name, and my parents actually were going to name me Ashley, but my dad hated that name, so they were stumped and had nothing else. So on the car ride home from the hospital, my 6 year old brother (now 15, blurted out: " i like the name Cara!" so that is how i got my wonderful name :)" Jan. 2, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Cara:) and I love it I think spelling it with a "K" is boring oldfasioned. but with a "C" it sounds young and modern, I don't know any cara's, besides me. No one pronounce's my name wrong,but in America it's a pretty known name, so people no how to pronounce it correctly." Dec. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name's Cara I'm Canadian and pronounce it Care-ah. People only say it wrong if they read it for the 1st time. I went to a highschool where everyone got a nickname people were literally afraid to name their children in fear of possible nicknames There was a girl named seeta waterman and they called her seedless watermelon so I did get the ocassional car but its the schoold fault not the name and obviously it could have been worse. Car-ah and care-ah are both fine names but my mom always prefered Care-ah She said it was just more soft prettier. I like both it's a nice name I used to hate it when I was younger though" Dec. 6, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name. I let people pronounce it either care-uh or cahr-uh but most people say care-uh. My parents wanted an italian name, and it means dear or loved one but they said it wrong when they called me care-uh, in italian it's cahr-ah! So either way is ok with me, care-uh is just more familiar." Nov. 11, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name has alway's be pronounced "care-uh". Which has made since to me. I have a good friend named Sara. She doesn't say "sar-uh", like sars. It's "sare-uh". Our names are spelled the same and sound the same. I never heard of a dispute over the way to say Sara." Sep. 30, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Cara and I share all the same annoyances as everyone else with this name but at the same time I absolutely love it! I don't know anyone else with it and I wouldn't like it any other way :) oooohhh an I pronounce it Car-a, simple to understand ? X" Aug. 16, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Cara is an Irish name also meaning 'friend' in Irish." Aug. 15, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Cara, pronounced "Care-uh", many people I first meet assume my name is spelled Kara because of the way I pronounce it. Plus, Kara is a way more common American way of spelling it. Also, if someone is reading my name from a list or paper....about half the time they will first pronounce my name "Car-uh" until I correct them. Even then, most people don't remember or learn. It can definitely be frustrating but I've learned to respond to "Car-uh" because the mistake is so frequently made. I love my name though it's unique and I wouldn't change it for anything else." Jun. 30, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name and think it is very feminine and sweet. My mom is Scottish, my dad American, and I live in Texas, and according to both of them the proper Gaelic pronunciation of my name is Care-uh, but most people pronounce it Car-uh. This drives me bonkers as I think Car-uh becomes affected and loses the softness of Care-uh. I also often get asked if it's short for Caroline - it's not. And EVERYBODY spells it with a K, which is annoying but at the same time nice because every time I correct someone I smile a little and think how my C is unique. I actually found a stamp with "Cara" on it in the craft store once when I was little, and remember being elated. Overall, though, it's the unique name that everybody wants for their child while still being refined and classic, no weird spellings or guy-girl crossovers...pet peeve. Glad I have a pretty, girl name that connects me to my Celtic heritage." Jun. 10, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My grandaughters name is CARA she is 3 months old. We live in Wales where it is pronounced as Car - rah. It is a beautiful name and quite unusual for this area. I have been told that it means Dear or Darling - a term of endearment in italian but I don't know if this is correct" May. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm Cara with a "C" and pronounce it care-uh. I never met anyone named Cara with a C growing up and still don't personally know anyone with the same name as me. I like having a name that is just unique enough to make me feel special...and not a cumbersome name that no one has. I too, remember checking the personalized items at stores and being both frustrated and elated that my name was never featured on anything. My grandmother once had to special order pencils with my name on it. Haha, I love being a Cara!" Apr. 14, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I know no one named Cara but I adore this name! I hope to name my daughter this someday! I love this name and with a K(PLEASE ANYONE WITH THE NAME KARA PLEASE DON'T GET MAD AT ME) is way to powerful. With the C it sounds graceful, kind, and innocent!!!" Apr. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My first grand child is a girl. I prompted my daughter-in-law to spell and pronounce her name the Galic way. cah-rah. Their last name is Elliott which is Scot. The book we were reading said it is a two ryaming syllables name meaning friend or love. Ca/ra" Apr. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "im called Cara and i pronounce it like a Car than Ra. i get it pronounced wrong sometimes and if people dont listen to me properly they like to call me carla or tara. that annoys me!! and i always have to say its spelt with a C not a K! anyway i love the name cara i think its nice and i wouldnt wanna wish for a different name. and i cannot believe there are so many other caras!! ive only heard of 3 others in my school/college. its weird for loads of people to have my name i dont like it. haha" Apr. 7, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am 26 years old, my real name is Caroline, but my mom gave me the nickname "Cara" which is pronounced "care-uh". I get so irritated when people call me "car-ah" or "core-ah". I love my name and I have never really gone by Caroline, always Cara. I have never had another Cara in any of the schools that I went to from grade school all the way through college. I think it is a cute and spunky name!" Mar. 25, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Cara. I love my name, so I guess I'm lucky. I've never heard anyone pronounce it 'Care-uh', I pronounce it 'Car-ah', but then I do live on England. Do most people pronounce it 'Care-uh' in America? I like that it's not very common, there's just one other girl in my school called Cara, and i have only heard of a few others." Mar. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "We have decided to name our dtr. Cara. I understand that the origin of it is pronounced Car-ah, but we prefer Care-uh. When I have looked it up, I have seen that either pronunciation is acceptable. It is all in what sounds right depending on where you are from. I guess we will just have to let others know, but be prepared that it will be pronounced either way." Mar. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Too many people have this name...I used to be the only Kara around....and yes I do get Kar-uh a lot (which drives me CRAZY)....anyways now its everywhere especially on the TV. I don't know why it drives me nuts. I guess it's because other Kara's are typically + or - 10 years of my age 15-35.... where were all these Kara's when I was growing up? I remember never being able to find a personalized keychain or pen anywhere and now the name seems as common as Jennifer, lol! Also, my parents picked my name because the day I was born they drove down Kara Lane, hence calling me Kara (they wanted my middle name to be Elaine, Kara Elaine") but instead they chose a family member's name for my middle name...okay thats the end of my rant!" Mar. 7, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Cara and it is pronounce the Italian/Gaelic way, as my heritage traces back to Ireland and Italy it is not surprising that my parents pronounced it that way. For the longest time that was the only way I had ever heard it pronounced. Now I hear the other pronunciation more, and it's fascinating to me, because when people ask why I pronounce it "wrong" I tell them that Cara (car-a) means dear in Italian and friend in Gaelic they seem surprised that their name is actually a word. I like it, but then again I wanted to name one of my children Winter, so word names work for me." Mar. 2, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name! Spelled Cara it is pronounced Car-ah. Spelled Kara it is pronounced Care-uh. I was named Cara after the gaelic word for "friend" or "dear one." It is beautiful, but people mispronounce it ALL THE TIME!" Feb. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm due in September and if it's a girl her name will be Cara Lorene. I think the name is beautiful and love the fact that it is not too common." Feb. 23, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was looking up this name, since I plan to give my daughter an Italian name. I can't understand why people get mad when someone correctly pronounces the name though. If my parents had insisted that my name was Jessica pronounced Ju-see-kay, I couldn't very well get upset over someone saying it the right way. Why get up in arms if people say Car-uh? It is the way it was pronounced in Italy and Ireland after all. I will have to rethink my baby name if my child would be called Care-uh, so is that how most westerners say the name? Or can I continue on with my decision knowing that most people know how to say it the right way?" Feb. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like my name. People usually pronounce it CAR-AH because I'm English, I've never actually met anyone with the same name so that's quite cool :D" Nov. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My mom named me Cara (Care-ah). I have met a few people with the same name. Many people I meet know someone else with the same name, but they usually pronounce or spell it differently, so it is either difficult for them to remember how my name is pronounced or sometimes they call me "Cara with a C". I don't find it annoying and sometimes I don't feel the need to correct people because I guess I'm just used to it!" Oct. 27, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "hi i thought that there wasn't many called cara out there but i was wrong!" Sep. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi! We are from Norway and are expecting our third child in March 2009. If it`s a girl her name will be Cara Elise. Very unusual name in Norway, only 16 people who got this name. It`s lovely!" Jul. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "To the person who is naming their character "Cara": I'm 99.9% sure in italian it IS pronounced Car-ah, but most people have changed it to Cara (kind of like some girls named Tara go by Tare-ah instead of tar-ah). I agree that given the spelling it should be Car-ah, but I think Care-ah sounds much prettier. I am also naming a character Cara." Jul. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "hmmm yeah so obviously my name is CARA! ha people try spelling it with a "K" i like umm its a "C" duhh. and they go " is it pronounced car-a...?" but nope its care-uh. i love my name i was the only one in my whole school with that name and then this girl who spells it kara came and we had 2 classes together and it was hard when the teacher called on one of us....." Jun. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is cara and i've nerver heard it prounnouced the right way before. it gets so anoying!!! but i totally love my name!!" Jun. 4, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hey Every1 my name is Caralyse and lots of timez people say it care-uh-lyse or car-a-lyse. It really ticks me off but i gotten use to it! I love my name becuz its unique but sumtimes i dislike it becuz others have normal named like Nicole or Jessica but in my mind i think my name is normal not theirs!" Jun. 1, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like my name, i've met a few people with the same name and spelling as me (Cara) and all pronounce it Ca-ra. I've never heard it pronounced Care-a before...I can't see why it would be, phonics and all that. But it's a good name." May. 28, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "How funny - my name is Cara Lynn also! I was born in '76, and I have met only a handful of other Caras in my life, and only one other with the same spelling. Mine was shortened from my italian grandmother, Carmella. It's pronounced Care-uh. Amazing how many have called me Cora, Car-a, Caren, Carla... just look at the name, it's not that difficult to pronounce!" May. 22, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Cara is my name too!! I love my name and I find it special. When I sign up for clubs or something though people all ways call me Carla. That gets a bit annoying. Cara is also one of my favourtie names and my friend loves it too!" Feb. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i like my name alot. it is really unique and not alot of people have it. the only thing that is bad, is that when most people here it they want to spell it with a K or when they see Cara, they want to prononuce it Car-a." Jan. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Cara is pronounced ""care - uh"". Its a great name, I love it" Jan. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's my name. Often people will spell it with a K. I don't like the name Cara spelled with a K and it annoys me when people do it. Until recently I had never met another person named Cara with a C. Now I've met three! I pronounce it Care-uh. It's only been mispronounced a few times and those who've gotten it wrong have pronounced it Car-uh, which is closer to the Italian pronunciation." Nov. 17, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "its so anonyin every time som1 asks me my name they either call me ciara caran or cora but i would never change it b cause its so unique" Oct. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi "My name is Cara" I love my name cause its soo unique, i'm the onli one in my whole school with that name and i thinks its just a beautiful name. People do spell and pronounce my name wrong and it is very annoying!! My name is prononced Car-uh/a. But i think thats cause i live in England. I love my name and i will never change it x" Sep. 15, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi "My name is Cara" I love my name cause its soo unique, i'm the onli one in my whole school with that name and i thinks its just a beautiful name. People do spell and pronounce my name wrong and it is very annoying!! My name is prononced Car-uh/a. But i think thats cause i live in England. I love my name and i will never change it x" Sep. 15, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name but I really hate when others pronounce it wrong. I never really knew my name has such a beautiful meaning to it." Sep. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Cara, && it's a good name to have. You don't get many people with the same name, so you get that good feeling of individuality. It means lots of different things in other languages. I'm not keen on the name when it's spelt with a 'K' though...Doesn't look quite right, but then that's probably because I'm so used to the way I spell it myself." Aug. 24, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was named Carol but I changed my name to Cara for short and I love it, and some people say what a beautiful name." Aug. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is cara too, and i really like my name because no one i know has it spelled that way. it's more unique. im glad my parents named me cara, and i've grown to like my name a lot more." Jul. 10, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is also Cara and i pronounce it Care-a! MY teachers all called me car-a which is annoying. I met two people with the name Cara, but they spelt it with a K. I like my name because it is unique and nobody else has it, its different. ;] And people are constantly spelling my name wrong but now thell remmeber me!!! lol" Jun. 4, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name! Some people pronounce it Car-uh which is very annoying. When I was growing up there was another girl named Cara but she spelled it with a K and I always told her she spelled it wrong, sometimes that made her cry but oh well. I love my name! It's amazing!" May. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Cara. Pronounced Care-a. I like to be an individual, so I like that it isn't popular. But I get frustrated when people say Car-a. I just tell them, "You wouldn't say Sara like Sar-a, now would you?"" Mar. 24, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Cara as well, the care-a version. I love my name and think it fits me well, I've met many Kara's but only one other Cara (and we were very much alike!) I've had people try to say my name car-a which I find annoying, and a few people who pronounce it Kiera - which I don't understand. But all in all I think it is a great name, but I hope it never gets too popular, so we Cara's of the world can remain more unique than the rest ;-)" Feb. 14, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Yup! this is my name. I feel its quite unusual, as I am STILL surprised when I meet anyone with my name, especially spelled with a "C" not a K. (the Correct way! ;-) And I'm 38 )b. 1968). When I was a kid I didn't like it because it was so "weird" and kids generally like to fit in. At least I did then. But as an adult I love that it is unusual, but still a beautiful name. It seems more popular now than it did when I was growing up in Brooklyn, NY. Though your chart here says otherwise. I personally pronounce it "Care-a" because I feel pretentious pronouncing it "Car-a" myself but I always like when others do. I'm happy either way." Jan. 19, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Yup! this is my name. I feel its quite unusual, as I am STILL surprised when I meet anyone with my name, especially spelled with a "C" not a K. (the Correct way! ;-) And I'm 38 )b. 1968). When I was a kid I didn't like it becausee it was so "weird" and kids generally like to fit in. At least I did then. But as an adult I love that it is unusual, but still a beautiful name. It seems more popular now than it did when I was growing up in Brooklyn, NY. Thoug your chart here says otherwise. I personally pronounce it "Care-a" because I feel pretentious pronouncing it "Car-a" myself but I always like when others do. I'm happy either way." Jan. 19, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think this is a sweet name, it means 'friend' in Irish Gaelic." Jan. 11, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Cara is my name and i love it because know one has it. I hate it because everyone spells it with a K but i spell it with a C to be cool lol." Dec. 9, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Cara is my name and i love it because know one has it. I hate it because everyone spells it with a K but i spell it with a C to be cool lol." Dec. 9, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "this is my best friends name and we are both very popular at school" Sep. 12, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 2 year old is named Cara and I love it because it is simple, familiar and cute but hasn't become trendy yet." Aug. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love my name, its unique and everyone i know sais its pretty. my mum somehow knew i was a girl and gave me the name 4 months before i was born." Apr. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sisters name. She is strong but fun and caring. One of my favorite names." Apr. 2, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This name is great! I hated it when I was younger, b/c I couldnt get anyhting printed with my name on it, but now I think its uniqueness defines me" Nov. 16, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "beautiful name and the meaning is gorgeous as it means the following darling, beloved one, friend and diamond a perfect name for a perfect baby girl! xx caite xx" Aug. 13, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      3 Negative Comments

  • "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!" Mar. 9, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "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?"" Mar. 26, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is cara but it is spelt strangly it is spelt carragh and lots of people see my name and pronounce it carag or crag or crar i could go on for ever but heres no point" Jun. 2, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      41 Neutral Comments

  • "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." May. 1, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "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!" Dec. 23, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've never met another kara with a k, it's always spelled with a c." Sep. 8, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "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. :)" Jun. 20, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "When I was little, I wanted my mom to change the spelling of my name which is Cara (pronounced Car-uh) to be spelled with a "K". This was because all the little girls in my class had names that started with a "K". They were the popular girls (Karen, Katie). But now that I am an adult, I absolutely love the that it is spelled with a "C". Everyone on this site is right. It is classier, more graceful and sophisticated when it is spelled with a "C". With all the "Karas" with a "K", I am glad to be the only one in my town who spells it with a "C"." Jan. 15, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am Canadian and my name is Car-uh. Very rare in North America. Everyone here pronounces it Care-uh. But my dad was from UK and it IS the proper pronunciation of the name. They even discussed it on American Idol! Simon Cowell refused to call that Cara lady Care-uh. LOL! I love my name, it is beautiful! And I think my Gaelic name fits my red hair and freckles perfectly!" Jan. 14, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am named Cara (Car-uh) and it is OK. I ALWAYS get people calling me care-uh. I'm not a huge fan, but atleast it is not something ridiculously popular, which totally wouldn't fit me at all. Luckily I've been able to name my kids off-beat names. :o)" Jan. 10, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My little girl is called Cara. I named her after an island on the West coast of Scotland near Gigha and Islay. The Island is off Kintyre where a lot of girls are called Cara . Most people think its spelt with a K. Most have never ,ever heard of the island-so I quite like that. I love her name and I love the fact it means beloved and has gaelic origins" Sep. 18, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Cara (pronounced Car-ah) my parents are welsh hence the celtic name. I have never had any problems with people pronoucing it incorrectly (however I did note that when I travelled in America they tended to pronouce it Care-uh!). I think the best bit about the name is that it's easy to spell and to pronouce and doesn't shorten to any unwanted nicknames! I think you have to get used to saying 'Cara with a c' though, as Kara seems to be more common. Never knew another Cara growing up, but now know a fair few - mostly in the 25-30 age group, so a bit younger than me:-)" Aug. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Cara, does anyone else with this name get called various different names, such as Carla, Kyra, Keira etc? I get it all the time from people that first meet me or people that read my name first and then pronounce it. I do really like my name though, and pronounce it Car-ah." Jun. 15, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm also a Cara but I haven't ever met another Cara her in Belgium... although there is this chick on TV on channel VT4 and her name's Cara too.. dunno why I brought that up XD I don't rly like my name though, cos in my class we like to say our friends' names in our own way, like instead of Jody we'd say JoJo. And I'm a Cara so then it's actually Caca which is pronounced the same as Kaka which means poo in Belgium... great >_> XD haha :'D anyways,, I like the meanings of the name Cara though ^^" May. 20, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have never heard the name prounounced Care-uh before in my life! I'm having a baby girl, and she will be called Cara (Car-uh). I don't think it's hard to get mixed up, the name clearly reads Car-uh. To the person who posted on 5th Feb, I am from England, and have never heard care-uh before so I think it's unlikely people will call your daughter that." Feb. 26, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi - you guessed it - my name is "Cara". I pronounce the name the way it would rhyme with "Sara". Anything else, I too, find annoying. I think there's some sort of "rule" regarding common usage of a word - maybe it applies to names too... It says that the pronounciation is that which is most commonly used... If all true - then I think the Caras (with a C) take precedent over etymology. IMHO" Jan. 15, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I used to not like my name but I've gotten used to my name. For me it's pronounced Care-uh. I get mad at people who pronouces it wrong. When people say "you spell it with a K, right?" I've only met a few other people who spell it the same way. One of my friends her name is Cara too but she pronouces it Car-uh. I dont know how you pronounce it but I think it's very pretty the way it is." Jan. 14, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is cara, cant stand it. but its not as bad as bertha or something:) lol" Jan. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Cara pronounced Care-uh. Many people call me CAR-UH and it makes me really mad because people with the name tara dont pronounce it TAR-uh." Dec. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Cara pronounced Care-uh. Many people call me CAR-UH and it makes me really mad because people with the name tara dont pronounce it TAR-uh." Dec. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is not my name or that of anyone I know, but I'm giving it to a character in a book I am writing! I'm afraid I don't understand the choice of the pronunciation "Care-uh", given the etymology of the name. It is a Latin/Italian word (and Gaelic as others have said), it means " dear one, darling" and is pronounced "Car-uh." I suppose there is a precedent in the now old-fashioned pronunciation of Sharon and Karen as " Share-un" and " Care-un" (or perhaps this was only i England, where I'm from?) but still, I think Cara should be " Car-uh" and I am suprised some people choose to pronounce it the other way. Their prerogative, of course!" Jun. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Cara, pronounced Ka-ra (as it is a gaeilge name meaning friend and this is the correct gaelige pronunciation of the word - sorry but I dont understand why people would pronounce it care-uh). Because I'm from Ireland it is quite a common name but I love it all the same. Really glad my parents picked it for me, can't imagine being called anything else. I think it's a simple yet beautiful name! Cara (20)" May. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love my name!i dont know anyone else with it and most people i know dont either!its unique and i love telling people it!as it is interesting, cute and special!" Feb. 6, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like my name, but I have to endure being called an assortment of others such as Clara, Cora, Caroline, Carrie, Carla and Caren. If it is a name and begins with a hard C sound, I will probably answer to it." Jan. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Cara and it has treated me well for the past 22, almost 23 years of my life. I meet other people with the same name, but they spell it with a "K" many of the times. I only know one other person who spells it with a "C". My family has a tradition of naming babies names that start with the letter "C", so I am always searching for unique names that no one else has. Mine was this way until I went to college. I think it is a very pretty name." Jan. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My friend's name is this, except it's spelled Ceire, but still pronounced Cara though. At school, substitutes NEVER get her name right! when they're reading the attendance. They either say "Ciara" or "Carey". She's gotten used to it over the years, though. Only one substitute has ever gotten her name right." Dec. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Cara. I pronounce it Care-uh. I've had a countless number of people pronounce it Car-uh. I've started to get used to hearing mu name mispronounced. I just correct them and go on. I've seen it spelled with a K as well. It's a unique name and I never have the problem of other people in my class with the same name as me. I've heard fo a few others though. My own grandfather did mispronounce my name for a few years. My mother had to correct him all the time!" Dec. 10, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "everybody calls me car-a and it gets really annoying after awhile but I really like my name because not many people have it." Oct. 17, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "People seem to be divided about how Cara should be pronouce: Kar-ra, or Care-ra...any pronounciation or name expert care to comment?" Sep. 19, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "LOL i juss wana say that my name is Cara Lynn tOo!! thats freaky. hehehehe. it gets pronounced lots of ways, ive even had Cora ? LOL But Cara Mia would be nice tOo. xx mwah mwah xx CAWA <--nickname 2770" Jul. 17, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is spelt Caragh, its the proper gaelic spelling of the name, its pronounced the same way, but its just a bit more unusual than "cara"" Jul. 15, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We liked the name Cara, but we wanted something even more unique. So we named our daughter Jara, pronounced Jare-a. We love the name, and we get comments about how beautiful it is! Jara is only 2 years old, so we don't know how she'll like her name when she's older, but we hope she'll love the unique-ness of it. We sure do!" Jun. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name's Cara, pronounced Care-a... I love my name, really. I'm the only one in my school named that, and I have yet to meet one with the same name (except my lovely dentist ;D).It's just different, and I think it's quite beautiful in it's own I'm-a-short-name way..." May. 22, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is also Cara (care-a). Most people ask how to pronounce it, and I say in response that my mother pronounces it Care-a but people in Italy, Spain, and elsewhere call me Car-a. Either way I say. I have met several Cara's over the years, including a current co-worker, all spelled with K though. I am named for my mother (Carolyne, mine is Cara Lynn). It's unique, just like me!" May. 4, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My wife and I named our daughter Cara. She's now 8. I once met a "Cara" with a "C" long ago, and always thought that it was a beautiful name. She likes her name too and seems to like that fact that is not very popular. I can see the reaction on people's faces when they learn her name (and learn that it is with a C not a K)...which is usually somewhat a pleasantly surprised reaction. We pronounce it Care-a. But mostly I call her my "Cara-cake",which she is not particularly fond of...lol...and I don't call her that in front of her little friends. We have an Irish last name, and it fits together nicely." Feb. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Cara, pronounced Care-a. I live my name, I liked not knowing anyone when I was little named Cara, except for one girl who I didn't really know but she spelled it with a K." Feb. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Brits pronounce it with the long 'r' sounds. some people when writeing spell it Karrah. it was funny!" Jan. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have met many people that spell Cara the same way as I, but pronounce it care-a. However my name is pronounced "CAR"a. It is quite annoying that most of the population thinks my name is care-a. It's even more frustrating when people try to tell me my name should be spelled with a K... boo." Jan. 15, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "A lot of peoople try to say it like they say "car a" not like it should be "care a"... that includes the DJ at my wedding" Jan. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Cara is my name and i love it because know one has it. I hate it because everyone spells it with a K but i spell it with a C to be cool lol." Dec. 9, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name and it's ok! I get called the wrong thing a lot! It also cannot be shortened into any other "nick names" (like Lindz for Lindsay) or something like that!" Jul. 12, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love my name.ive never met anybody else named cara,alot of people mispronounce it as kay-ra.its got a cool meaning and is really different.its pronounced car-a.and alot of people spell it with a k." May. 7, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Cara, and i was reading a sentence in Welsh and it had the word 'cara' so i thought that was odd that i hadn't heard that... i thought maybe it was a typing mistake, so i looked it up and it's a form of 'Caru' meaning love in Welsh!" Jan. 15, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I really like my name as it is not so common, but it is always being pronounced wrong, like Car - ra, instead of Car - a." Aug. 27, 2005: Report as inappropriate



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