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I pronounce this name "kair-a", not "kahr-a".
-- Anonymous User  12/4/2004
Italian origin, meaning: "Cherished and Beloved One"
-- CALLAHAC  12/7/2004
Cara is also a Spanish/Latin female name which means "face," but when a parent gives this name to female child it means "beautiful face." It is pronounced the same as Italian version (Cara Mia!).
-- angelina  2/12/2005
My name is Cara. I pronounce it Kair-uh, as in CARE-uh, NOT Kahr-uh as in car-uh. [noted -ed]
-- IndyBelle  4/30/2005
And then there's the Scottish Gaelic, "Caraid" (KAR-aj) ("friend"), which is a variant of the Irish Gaelic Cara.

Yes, I think that we know the obvious Italian "Cara": "darling, beloved". I pronounce it either way, but I prefer "KAHR-a"
-- gaelruadh19  5/5/2005
Cara means "expensive" in Spanish.
-- wiswina  5/25/2005
In many Romance languages "cara" means both "dear" and "expensive", due to the thought that if you spend a lot on something, you will want to keep it close/dear to you.
-- Anonymous User  7/20/2005
I think that the pronunciation KAHR-a sounds spicier than the KER-a, which sounds more homey.
-- Carone  7/30/2005
My name is Cara and I love it. My dad chose the name, what happened was he decided he had met a lot of nice people called Caroline, Carol, Carolyn etc. and when he couldn't decide he called me Cara. I love my name because it's quite uncommon also it can't be shortened, hehehe.
-- starflora  11/3/2005
My middle name is Cara. My full name (Rachel Cara) means ewe beloved (friend).
-- bagelbrg05  11/26/2005
I have twins, one of them is called Cara, I think it is a beautiful name, and the other is Mia. Caramia means my beloved.
-- Anonymous User  1/19/2006
My mom's name is Carra. My grandma thought Cara was too short.
I think it is a beautiful name and my mom's is pronounced Care-Ah.
-- kjerstin12  3/9/2006
"Cara" could be a short form of "Carina".
-- iva_toneva  5/28/2006
This is a great name. I prefer the pronunciation of "CAR-rah". It makes it sound sexier and more interesting to me. Makes the whole name more different and unique. I know a little girl with this name and she is so lovely and smart!
-- Anonymous User  6/22/2006
It's my name, and I love it. I used to hate it when I was young because it wasn't common where I live, but now I think it's nice because there are a few people with the name but it's not over-popular. and I pronounce it KAHR-a.
-- gooeykid  8/15/2006
It also means both "face" and "expensive" in Spanish.
-- face  9/9/2006
My middle name is Cara, I don't pronounce it cahr-uh or cair-uh. I pronounce it Ca-ruh, the a as in the word 'pack'.
-- Anonymous User  9/25/2006
Best name ever.
-- VividButterfly  9/27/2006
In Scotland, the pseudo-Irish spelling Caragh is also fairly popular.
-- Elly747  11/26/2006
I like this name. It is pretty. I have a cat named Caramel and her nickname is Cara-Marinara, but sometimes I just call her Cara.
-- Anonymous User  12/23/2006
Cara, Latin for delightful.
-- Anonymous User  5/20/2007
My sister and I are 'Irish Twins' and we have matching tattoos that say 'anam Cara' which means 'soul friends.'
-- Anonymous User  6/13/2007
Cara Hunter is the main character in Bruce Coville's book series, the Unicorn Chronicles.
-- emc  7/8/2007
Carah Faye is the vocalist in the California electronica band Shiny Toy Guns.
-- carenmuffin  8/15/2007
A famous bearer of this name is Irish Folk singer Cara Dillon.
-- Anonymous User  10/7/2007
Don't like this name. Too many possible meanings in many languages! It sounds weird.
-- Anonymous User  10/29/2007
Cara is one of the cute little Asian girls on Jon and Kate Plus 8.
-- Anonymous User  1/19/2008
To that anonymous user up there who mentioned Jon and Kate plus 8: Neither Cara, nor anyone else in the family, is Asian. For one thing, the kids aren't even all the way Asian, and also were born and so far raised in Pennsylvania. Last time I checked, Pennsylvania is not in Asia. Just saying.
-- thecookiemonster  2/26/2009
I don't know why you consider someone of Asian descent not to be Asian. I am like the Gosselin kids, born & raised in the U.S. with one or more Asian parents. And I am proud of it.
-- Anonymous User  9/26/2009
Probably because I am Irish, I prefer the pronunciation Car-a. Care-uh sounds weird to me. Either way (Care-uh or Car-a) it's not an English name.
-- Clodagh  3/30/2008
My name is Caroline and this is my nickname. I really like it, and I don't hear many people with this nickname. Care is also a nickname I use.
-- Luna_Lovegood54  5/7/2008
Cara can mean either "face" or "expensive" in Spanish.
-- susiejean  5/22/2008
Cara is Norse for "song of the swan" or "swan maiden". Cara was one of the Valkyries who took fallen battle heroes to their reward in Valhalla. The phrase "swan song" used to describe someone's last hurrah comes from this. This name is also spelled Kara.
-- Anonymous User  10/2/2008
To the anonymous person above who claims Cara to be a Norse name having to do Valkyries and swan songs. Just... no! It has nothing to do with that and it's not even close.

Cara/Kara is not a Nordic name. If anything it sounds remotely close to the Danish word Kære which means dear (it's something similar in Swedish and Norwegian but I don't remember how to spell that).

But it's never been a Norse name. It's pretty and I like it - but Norse? No.
-- Anonymous User  9/7/2010
Cara is also a Spanish word that means face, the noun not the verb. I like this name much better spelled Kara rather than Cara.
-- Arcticwarrior  7/2/2009
It seems that Cara was used traditionally by Jews around the Mediterranean basin whose ancestors lived in Spain until the late Middle Ages. This is from "The Jewish Encyclopedia" (1904):
"They bear exclusively Spanish given names, as Aleqria, Angel, Angela, Amado, Amada, Bienvenida, Blanco, Cara, Cimfa, Comprado, Consuela, Dolza, Esperanza, Estimada, Estrella, Fermosa, Gracia, Luna, Niña, Palomba, Preciosa, Sol, Ventura, and Zafiro; and such Spanish surnames as Belmonte, Benveniste, Bueno, Calderon, Campos, Cardoso, Castro, Curiel, Delgado, Fonseca, Cordova, Leon, Lima, Mercado, Monzon, Rocamora, Pacheco, Pardo, Pereira, Pinto, Prado, Sousa, Suasso, Toledano, Tarragona, Valencia, and Zaporta."
-- Just Jonquil  7/12/2009
The German pronunciation is KAH-rah. [noted -ed]
-- mafiosa  8/6/2009
Face in Spanish,
Beloved in Italian,
Friend in Irish,
In all in all,
Cara can mean Face of Beloved Friend.
-- Alora  1/2/2010
This name sounds nice, but, mostly due to the various meanings of Cara in other languages, I prefer the spelling Kara.
-- Athena Nike  3/11/2010
Great name and meanings. Why choose the K instead of its intended way with a C. I think the C makes it adorable and very meaningful, that is, all the wonderful meanings this beautiful name has.
-- Anonymous User  3/23/2010
It means beloved and I like that as well as the sound of it. It kind of intrigues me too. It's a good name.
-- Anonymous User  7/8/2010
Cara is the name of Lord Marchmain's (Alexander's) French Mistress in Evelyn Waugh's novel "Brideshead Revisited".
-- Lunar_Wolf  8/9/2010
I absolutely LOVE this name! I think it's the perfect name for a daughter because it means beloved... Beautiful!
-- Anonymous User  11/4/2010
I don't care what this name means because it's an ugly name. Weird best describes this name!
-- Anonymous User  11/7/2010
It's simple but lovely. I quite like it.
-- Chrila96  11/18/2010
I feel that for the sake of all, BTN should include the Irish meaning (as well as other valid meanings) of Cara as well. I really like that my name has multiple meanings and I think users shouldn't have to look at the comments to see all of them (some of which are a tad dubious, if you ask me).
-- CaraLynn  5/8/2011
I have also seen it spelled Carra and pronounced car-uh. I hate it either way.
-- GibsonGirl  8/22/2011
I love this nome. I don't like the pronunciation CAR-ra. To me it sounds harsh. I prefer CARE-ra.
-- EmmyT.  11/12/2011
The word "Cara" is modern Irish for "Friend". This is a parallel origin for the name, and the main origin in Ireland and other Gaelic / Celtic populations.
-- anruari  4/10/2012
My name is Cara. While I like the name, it can get annoying having to correct people on the pronunciation. I didn't have a problem with this until I was ten. Then suddenly everyone was saying 'CAR-uh' instead of 'CARE-uh'. To make matters worse, people seemed to start thinking it was supposed to be 'Carol' or 'Karen' or 'Carla' or some other vaguely similar name. Then the spelling issues came up and it's gotten to the point where I spell my name every time someone asks for it just to deal with that issue right away. Once I was told by some fool that I was actually spelling my own name wrong and it should be a K not a C. I'm ambivalent about the lack of nicknames associated with it. On the one hand, I'm not really at risk of anyone insisting on using a name I don't care for. On the other, I like the idea of being able to use a nickname that is based on a given name if/when said given name doesn't fit well anymore. That way the name my parents gave me would be in use in some fashion and not just on legal documents. Anyway, I'm not saying all this to dissuade anyone from giving their child this name. I think it's a nice, fairly uncommon name (I've met maybe three or four people with this name in almost twenty-four years of living) with some lovely meanings, but it's always good to know that even simple, four-letter names like Cara can cause difficulties down the road. For me, it's more a lesson in not worrying about your child's name problems in that way because even the simple names that seem safe enough can have issues. If you enjoy a name, use it. Simple as that.
-- Anonymous User  4/11/2012
I have a rare name, Tavis. People, obviously, call me Travis. They sometimes even think that I'm an idiot and I somehow don't know how to spell my own name. But they also call me Kevin and Gavin and they just plain mispronounce it. It got to the point where I couldn't worry about it anymore. I never correct anyone (unless it's written incorrectly on a legal form or something). I tell people that they can call me whatever they want (seriously, literally anything: "Dumb Bozo", if it pleases them) as long as they make it clear that they're trying to address me. It's just not worth all the fuss. So, don't blame other people. You can't expect everyone to always know everything about you all at once. That's not fair.
-- Tav-El  5/17/2012
My first name is Cara. I pronounce it CAR-RUH. My second name is Florence meaning that my two names together mean Beloved Flower, which I think is really pretty. My dad chose my first name and my middle name is passed down through the family :)
-- caraflorence  5/14/2013

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