My name is Kara, pronounced Kare-uh. My middle name is LeAnne, also unique in its spelling. My mom loved the name Kara after reading a book with a character with the name. My family is Irish and Scottish in descent and my parents also wanted to honor my heritage. Although the original Cara in its spelling, Kara is the Scottish spelling and my last name is of Scottish descent. I am often mistakenly called Kar-uh and I don’t like it. It seems after you correct someone they will still continue to mispronounce it. I have only met a few Kara’s in person and one was named after me because her mother loved my name. I was born in the mid seventies and although I was a military brat and lived all over the country and in Australia, my family originated in the Pacific Northwest. Everywhere I have been I have rarely met someone who has known a Kara and have never met anyone who has had a negative opinion of my name.
I have always loved being a Kara. The name is unique and everyone I have ever met has complimented me on my the beauty of my name. I am also tall, green eyed and curly blonde haired and I feel the name and pronunciation fit my looks and personality. I always try to be as kind and sweet as my name suggests. To all the Kara’s of the world, wear your name with pride and present yourself as beautiful as your name.
KaraLeAnne  8/4/2020
My aunt has this name, she has to be the most accepting and sweet person I have ever met. I have never seen her get mad, not even once. I always thought her name was like the word 'caring', it's funny because that is exactly what she is. The most caring person I have ever met.
Jasper boi  5/7/2020
Love this name so much more with a K rather than a C! In my opinion, the C spelling is overrated, and to me, looks incomplete. Not to mention I love the association with Supergirl, despite hers being pronounced 'Car-uh' while I like it more pronounced 'Care-uh'.
littleraeoflight  11/6/2019
Kara from Detroit became human. She’s kind and cares for a little android girl named Alice.
― Anonymous User  10/4/2019
I have never cared for this name. It sounds like someone who came from a bad neighborhood or a trailer park and was raised by a dysfunctional broken family. Karen is more classic and a lot more professional.
krystalberglund  10/3/2019
If you were to spell it like this, I would pronounce it CAR-uh.
― Anonymous User  8/24/2019
Maroon 5 was once named Kara's Flowers.
― Anonymous User  5/15/2019
Harsh. Basic.
― Anonymous User  10/10/2018
There's a kpop group called Kara.
Luvbug86  9/26/2018
My name is Kara Celine (pronounced care-uh) born in July 1994. I've only met a handful of other Kara's, and I get pretty excited when I meet another girl with my name! Especially when it's pronounced and spelled the same! I live in the PNW and the name isn't very common here. But not nearly as uncommon as my mom (Arlana) or sister's (Laurel) names. Some of the definitions I've heard or found...
Irish - Sweet melody
Greek - One who is pure
Italian - Precious one, beloved one, Cherished One
Afrikaans - Sweet love
Japanese - Empty (Hand or Orchestra)
Spanish - Expensive
Cornish - Love
Turkish - Black, Land
Hindi - Graceful, Darling
Russian - Little Dear One
Veps - Bay, Inlet
Rapa Nui - Wing
Nias - Stone
Ido - Dear
Wanyi - Country, Stone


Pop culture references:

Kara's Flowers - Adam Levine's original band name before they changed it to Maroon 5

Kara Thrace aka Starbuck, main character on TV's "Battlestar Galactica"

Kara Danvers aka Kara Zor-El aka Supergirl, Superman's cousin.
girlwithgreeneyes94  8/23/2018
Can also be a Japanese name.
Chloechan555  7/23/2018
Kara: Norse goddess, a Valkyrie. Meaning either "the wild, stormy one" (based on Old Norse afkárr, meaning "wild") or "curl" or "the curly one"[21]

A Valkyrie, she helped her mortal lover Helgi in battle by hovering over him and charming his enemies with song. During one such battle, Kara was accidentally killed by Helgi. [noted -ed]
Kristinkkj4  11/20/2017
My daughter's name is Karra pronounced Car-Ruh not Care-Ruh. I happen to think it's the most beautiful name in the world. Her father's name was Jorel after Superman's father so we named her after Kara Zor-el after Supergirl (my son's name is Kahlel pronounced exactly like it's spelled Kah-lel which is Superman's birth name) There's also the Kara Sea in Russia pronounced exactly like my daughter's name. I can't stand it when people call her care-uh. I've never met another Karra with the same pronunciation although I know there are people out there with that pronunciation. Definitely never seen it spelled the same.
Kristinkkj4  11/20/2017
Name - Kara ( कारा ) ● MEANING - confinement, prison, binding, a part of lute below the neck (for deadening the sound), a female messenger, female worker in gold ● Origin - Sanskrit, Indian ● Pronunciation - kaaraa ■ Native script - कारा.
Vishal Khatri  10/22/2017
I have no clue why my mom chose the name Kara for me. I do know that she originally wanted to name me Sunshine, Sunny for short, but thankfully changed her mind. Thankfully because the name wouldn't fit me, not one little bit. My name is pronounced Care-uh and like the others said, it gets mispronounced ALL the time! In fact, I often correct people time after time and they never ever get it right which I think is rather rude. Do you pronounce the name Sarah as "Sah-ra"? Or Tara as "Tah-ra"? No! So why pronounce Kara as "Kah-ra" (or "car-uh")?

To everyone who commented something negative about the name Kara, I feel so bad for you. You have nothing better to do than post on a random website that you don't like a certain name? Who does that? There are so many other fun things to do on the internet. And that's what you do with your past time? GET A LIFE! Especially the person who said "Kara is the ugliest name" they've ever heard. That sounds unbelievably unintelligent, FYI. You sound like a jealous 12 year old school girl. What, is the popular girl at your school that you're jealous of and wish you were as cool/pretty/smart/etc as, named Kara? Green with envy.
KaraAshley  9/5/2017
Yes, those maybe partially true Rhubarb and platinumchique but it's actually pronounced like this karr-uh in Israeli though if you were to say Kara zor el it would be like this karr-uh zor-el all together even on Facebook it would be just like what I typed just now. Know that Kara zor el is one of my many nicknames too, so I know the correct pronunciation myself more then anybody though maybe not with the c in front as Cara at all, but I do know it with the K in front of Kara myself all too well.
Karazorel  3/13/2017
Kara Janét Edwards is an American radio personality, and voice actress at Funimation/OkraTron 5000. She provided voices for a number of English versions of Japanese anime series and video games. She is also well known in the Charlotte, North Carolina area for her past career as a radio host.
cutenose  1/29/2017
My name is Kara, pronounced (Care-uh). I'm from the United States and I have only really met one other Kara. I love my name, it has a beautiful meaning in Irish which my mom loved as she wanted my siblings and I to have Irish names. I do not like my name being confused with the sound alikes (Car-uh, Key-rah). I hate my name being mispronounced, which happens quite a bit. I love my name due to the fact it is not that common like Emily or Maddison, just a tad problematic if you get into the same class with the rhyming names such as Sarah or Tarah. I also like that it was derived from Katherine which is a royal name which makes me feel all fancy and special.
platinumchique  12/1/2016
CARE-AH, CAR-AH or both? Can someone clarify?
Rhubarb  11/2/2016
My name is Kara Marie and I was born in 1979 when it was a new name, still not known in the state of Louisiana which is on the gulf of Mexico. I too love my name and through my life have met only two other Karas (one with a C-ara) and seen profiles on social media sites of a few who are spelt the same and it is weird but we all seem to have some sort of uniqueness or feeling of being spiritual and different than others- the "Cara" was not like us, I assume the K is why lol... but strange I find us all to be...

My name was going to be Kari Marie but thankfully due to Horror movie, "KARI" which came out right before I was born, my parents changed it at the last second to Kara. I was born a cancer on St Johns Day JUNE 24th 1979.

I love my name and that it has many meanings.
KaraMarieFuselier  10/18/2016
My name is Kara lee. At first my mom never heard of it, nor did I, but now in Tennessee I've heard and I've seen it everywhere. It has now became common, but I still can't seem to find anything with my name on it. I also hate when people pronounce it the wrong way. It makes me so mad, but I do love my name so much it is considered a southern name here. Great name.
Karalee98  8/19/2016
My name is Kara Michelle. It is not a common name here in the US. But I do like it because it isn't that common. And it is pronounced "Care-uh" not "CAR-RA".
LoveAvery  7/12/2016
Short and sweet, I love this name. Pronounced "CARE-uh" or "CAR-uh," it's pretty and can suit many different personalities -- though I do think its versatility can make it somewhat boring. Still, I like it very much.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/9/2016
The name is also used in Iceland.
jegharenbumsipanden  3/22/2016
My mum & dad named me Kara because in Ireland that means friend, so my mum and dad were hoping I would be a nice girl and make lots of friends- that's why I was named Kara.
― Anonymous User  3/12/2016
Kara is a Sephardic (Jews of Spain and Portugal) family name often spelled Caro/Karo/Cara/Kara sometimes changed to Carr or Karr. It literally means "to call","to proclaim", or in this case "to read" and is in reference reading the text of the Torah (Hebrew bible). Therefore, it gained the meaning as a family name of "Scholar" or "religious scholar" or "teacher" as it was more or less the description of a vocation. The Knesset (Israeli parliament) has an MK named Ayoob Kara, and while it is a rare family name in Israel, many of those with the name trace their lineage back to Rabbi Yosef Caro (1488-1575).
KaraRoth  3/3/2016
I really love the name Kara or even Kara-Leigh because just by hearing the beautiful name wants to make you smile and makes you really happy. My mum called me Kara because 1) it's a beautiful name and 2) she thought that it wasn't popular, when really it is. Over 1 million people have the name Kara or Kara-Leigh (same spellings, too) so if you have a baby on board call it Kara-Leigh or Kara, because it will make that baby proud.
Kara hanks  2/13/2016
Not sure if this would come as a surprise to everyone but there is a Kara Sea. It is north of Russia. It is the second to the most Eastern Sea North of Russia. It borders the Arctic Ocean, the Laptev Sea and the Barents Sea. I found out about this sea when I was about 17 years old and I've been named Cara all my life...
Cara_Amina  12/11/2015
My name is Karea the e is silent. I always get compliments on my name about how pretty it is with the spelling being diffrent. I personally don't know any other Kara's, and yes most of the time people say my name wrong or misspell my name but I'm used to it now so it doesn't bother me. I've been called Korea as a joke. I don't think it's a bad name.
Karea  1/15/2015
I don't like this name. It sounds trendy, made-up and has a weird sound. I think my dislike stems from people I've met more than the name itself, though. I've met a few Kara's, but never one that I even remotely liked. That doesn't mean nice Kara's don't exist, it just means I haven't met one. This is one of my least favorite names, so I wouldn't use it, but if you want to, I can't think of a good reason why you shouldn't (though I wouldn't necessarily recommend it).
Kathy D.  12/16/2014
My name is Kara, spelt with a k and I like it a lot. In my personal opinion it's better with the k than the c for the c sounds to alike it's Latin origin. I find it very pretty and it sounds sophisticated too, which makes it all the more attractive. And to all the people who do not like this name, MY name, I wish you would reconsider your opinion though I do not mind what you think about it:):*
Careying73  4/30/2014
Personally better than Cara.
SEC908  11/20/2012
Kara Kohler (born 1991 in Clayton, California) is an American rower.
― Anonymous User  8/7/2012
I would pronounce Kara like KAR_A. It's very pretty. I like Kara spelled with a K then a C.
Missy125  8/30/2011
I have known plenty of girls called 'Kara'. This is because I grew up in a poor neighbourhood and there were very few families with any real class. Cheap and tacky in the extreme.
LakeGirl  5/12/2011
This name isn't wonderfully elegant or extremely beautiful, but it has a simple, down-to-earth ring to it. I like this name.
Athena Nike  3/11/2010
I LOVE LOVE this name. But not as a diminutive as Katherine or Karoline or anything. Just Kara. I like it better with a K. If I had a daughter this would be her name.=
italiannames  7/16/2009
A famous bearer is American songwriter/music producer/television personality Kara DioGuardi (born December 9, 1970). She is well-known for writing/co-writing dozens of songs for a diverse population of musicians, including Jessica Simpson, Kylie Minogue, Ricky Martin, Hilary Duff, Britney Spears, Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lindsay Lohan, Kelly Clarkson, and Ashley Tisdale. In 2009, she joined the television series "American Idol" as a judge for its eighth season.
AndrewJKD  6/25/2009
Another famous bearer was Kara Beth Borden. In 2005, when she was 14 years old she ran away with David Ludwig, her boyfriend who was 4 years older than her. Ludwig then proceeded to shoot her parents, for not allowing them to date due to age differences.
― Anonymous User  11/20/2008
Kara is Norse for "song of the swan" or "swan maiden". Kara 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 Cara.
― Anonymous User  10/2/2008
I think this might be the name of Supergirl, in one of the latest Justice League series.
― Anonymous User  9/14/2008
This is my name, it is not short for anything. Just Kara. My middle name is Ellen. I have a friend who calls me Caroline. Just because if you say my first and middle name together that is what it sounds like.
― Anonymous User  8/2/2008
My sister's name Kara with a 'k' and she loves it. I think it's a really good name too bad it's getting popular.
abcolleenz79  7/23/2008
It sounds like a person who is kind and gentle. I quite like the name.
Jeremiah2911  6/27/2008
My middle name is Karra with two R's, and is prounced "Kar-da" with a D, unless in America, where I seem to be either this name (Care-ah) or Car-ah, which I saw people had said, too. My middle name is extremely similar to this. It's interesting, but my name seems to be pronounced differently. I like the name Kara, though, it seems. I don't know; Cute?
evangelinelark  5/7/2008
This name may not render people speechless with its originality and uncommon beauty, but I like the name all the same. It sounds poetic and beautiful to me in some unexplainable way, despite being quite common, simple, and nothing out of ordinary. I like this much better spelled with a 'k', as the 'c' variant looks too much like the Italian word, which still makes me think of an annoying song I had to sing in elementary school.
slight night shiver  4/25/2008
In Polish, this word means "punishment" and would be a rather strange (if not entirely inappropriate) name for a person.
angolmois  1/15/2008
I like the name Kara. I think it is pretty and only works for some people. I have only known one Kara in my life, so it is pretty unique.
TanyaLovesTanya  1/12/2008
This name is cool. At least it's not overused like Jamie of Mary, of course.
aquaspirit96  10/3/2007
My name is Kara. I like it very much, because it's unusual without being bizarre.

The only bad thing about being named Kara is that it gets mispronounced at least half the time. In fact, it happens so often that I actually get a great first impression of people that pronounce my name right on the first try. That's rather messed up.

Still, it's a lovely name.
Nihilartikel  9/13/2007
This is the ugliest name I ever heard.
― Anonymous User  8/27/2007
I'm not sure, but I think Kara means 'black' in Turkish.
Florabel  7/17/2007
Kara means cold (f) in Hebrew and it's a cool name. I like it especially in the summer ;) By the way, shark in Hebrew will be karish.
lizka  6/26/2007
Isn't Kara Hebrew for shark or creature of the sea?
marcusforkevin  4/29/2007
My name is Kara and I love it although it means EMPTY. Because it is!
johncena121192  11/16/2006
Kara Kum is a desert in Turkmenistan.
Hushpuppy  10/28/2006
Kara was used the most in the 1980's.
― Anonymous User  9/19/2006
"Kara" could be a short form of "Karina".
iva_toneva  5/28/2006
I like the name better pronounced KHAR-UH (as in CAR-UH) but both are pretty.
― Anonymous User  5/17/2006
I think this is a very pretty name with a nice meaning. It is strong yet delicate and feminine.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2006
My friend pronounces it KAR-A, as in Care-uh. Most people pronounce it as KHAR-A, as in Car-uh. I think it sounds pretty both ways.
― Anonymous User  4/2/2006
Kara is a very, very hot name.
DanielButtram  3/11/2006
Kara means 'friend' in Gaeilge and 'dearest one' in Italian (I think)! It is a very unusual name!
Kara13  1/25/2006
Kara "Starbuck" Thrace is a character on the television series "Battlestar Galactica."
sarahbell05  12/22/2005
I think that Kara has a Japanese origin also. In Japan, it means "empty".
altosaxkrs  11/15/2005
My name is Kara (not Karavan) and I really like it also. I am from Australia. Here Kara means Possum in Aboriginal. I have only met a handful of Kara's and have had an instant connection with all of them I think because our name isn't a popular one. I studied Japanese a few years ago and in the their language the word Kara is used for 3 different meanings!
Karavan  11/1/2005
My name Kara and im Irish. The correct Irish spelling is Cara and it means "friend or beloved one". I`ve never met another Kara so it's relatively unusual in Ireland.
kara  10/5/2005
My name is Kara and I love it. None of my friends have the same name as me and I'm my own person. It's not that common of a name and I think there are only some people the name would be good for.
― Anonymous User  9/14/2005
In Vietnamese, this name means diamonds.
Carone  7/30/2005
In the Unfortunate Events movie, Sunny Baudelaire is played by Kara Hoffman and her twin sister, Shelby Hoffman.
Tbird  7/6/2005
Kara is a Celtic name that means pure.
bunnie239  3/27/2005
The first time I heard the name was when I was watching Dragonheart (not the most profound film in the world I know). In that film there's a girl called Kara and my impression of the name Kara is linked to her. She's a redhead and she's really cool (IMO anyway). She's rebellious and stands up for herself.
I would consider naming my child Kara in the future!
GLynElisabeth  3/14/2005
My personal impression is not very good, as my father named me Kara after watching a horror film called The Awakening about an evil Egyptian goddess called Kara.
biekrich  3/10/2005

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