Cara

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52k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
693
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Cara mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Cara

"Cara" is a name of Italian origin, and it means "Dear". It's a name commonly given to girls.

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20th century English coinage from Italian cara (“dear”) or Irish cara (“friend”).

  1. A female given name.

Notable Persons Named Cara

Cara was given the name Cara Jocelyn Delevingne on August 12th, 1992 in Hammersmith, London, England, United Kingdom. Cara is also known as Delevingne and Cara Jocelyn.

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Cara Buono is an actor, screenwriter, film director, actress, and director. She was most prominent from 1992 to 1992. Cara was born on March 1st, 1974 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States.

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Cara Santa Maria is a science communicator, producer, journalist, podcaster, television host, neuroscientist, and science communication. Cara was given the name Cara Louise Santa Maria on October 19th, 1983 in Plano, Texas. Cara is also known as Santa Maria and Cara Louise.

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Cara Theobold is an actress. Cara was given the name Cara Louise Theobold on January 25th, 1990 in Wakefield.

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Cara Seymour is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1997 to present. Cara was born on January 6th, 1964 in Essex.

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Cara Williams is an actress. She was most active from 1941 to 1978. Cara was given the name Bernice Kamiat on June 29th, 1925 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Cara

Alessia Cara is a contemporary r&b and pop music musician. Her career lasted from 2011 to 2011. Alessia was given the name Alessia Caracciolo on July 11th, 1996 in Brampton. Alessia is also known as Alessia Cara.

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Irene Cara is a disco, electropop, dance-rock, and contemporary r&b singing, songwriter, and actor. She has been prominent since 1962. Irene was given the name Irene Cara Escalera on March 18th, 1959 in The Bronx, New York, U.S.

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Cécilia Cara is an actress, singer, and singing. Her ongoing career started in 2001. Cécilia was born on June 5th, 1984 in Cannes.

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Dervish Cara was a revolutionary. Dervish was born in 19 in Palçishte, Kalkandelen, Ottoman Empire. He left this life in 19.

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How popular is the baby name Cara in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1882 5 5 0
1883 6 6 0
1884 8 8 0
1885 12 12 0
1886 6 6 0
1887 10 10 0
1888 9 9 0
1889 7 7 0
1890 7 7 0
1891 11 11 0
1892 7 7 0
1894 8 8 0
1895 12 12 0
1896 8 8 0
1897 11 11 0
1898 16 16 0
1899 11 11 0
1900 17 17 0
1901 7 7 0
1902 11 11 0
1903 9 9 0
1904 11 11 0
1905 7 7 0
1906 11 11 0
1907 16 16 0
1908 12 12 0
1909 12 12 0
1910 19 19 0
1911 12 12 0
1912 16 16 0
1913 21 21 0
1914 19 19 0
1915 30 30 0
1916 27 27 0
1917 23 23 0
1918 33 33 0
1919 19 19 0
1920 18 18 0
1921 21 21 0
1922 34 34 0
1923 33 33 0
1924 30 30 0
1925 27 27 0
1926 43 43 0
1927 25 25 0
1928 20 20 0
1929 30 30 0
1930 28 28 0
1931 15 15 0
1932 28 28 0
1933 22 22 0
1934 37 37 0
1935 27 27 0
1936 39 39 0
1937 45 45 0
1938 38 38 0
1939 26 26 0
1940 36 36 0
1941 44 44 0
1942 48 48 0
1943 54 54 0
1944 41 41 0
1945 46 46 0
1946 47 47 0
1947 53 53 0
1948 51 51 0
1949 72 72 0
1950 70 70 0
1951 84 84 0
1952 88 88 0
1953 100 100 0
1954 124 124 0
1955 154 154 0
1956 172 172 0
1957 165 165 0
1958 134 134 0
1959 200 200 0
1960 234 234 0
1961 340 340 0
1962 448 448 0
1963 684 684 0
1964 664 664 0
1965 987 987 0
1966 677 677 0
1967 604 604 0
1968 508 508 0
1969 636 636 0
1970 716 716 0
1971 755 755 0
1972 721 721 0
1973 849 849 0
1974 1,074 1,074 0
1975 1,193 1,193 0
1976 1,108 1,103 5
1977 1,417 1,412 5
1978 1,346 1,346 0
1979 1,254 1,247 7
1980 1,276 1,276 0
1981 1,266 1,261 5
1982 1,334 1,328 6
1983 1,393 1,393 0
1984 1,440 1,440 0
1985 1,472 1,465 7
1986 1,339 1,339 0
1987 1,240 1,232 8
1988 1,272 1,267 5
1989 1,284 1,275 9
1990 1,210 1,210 0
1991 1,259 1,259 0
1992 1,130 1,125 5
1993 1,105 1,105 0
1994 1,025 1,025 0
1995 900 900 0
1996 861 861 0
1997 818 818 0
1998 807 807 0
1999 728 728 0
2000 732 732 0
2001 604 604 0
2002 584 584 0
2003 568 568 0
2004 570 570 0
2005 521 521 0
2006 530 530 0
2007 579 579 0
2008 681 681 0
2009 663 663 0
2010 460 460 0
2011 473 473 0
2012 403 403 0
2013 450 450 0
2014 421 421 0
2015 386 386 0
2016 352 352 0
2017 317 317 0

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Popularity of Cara as a first name

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Popularity of Cara as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Cara U.S.
  White 61.62% 64.26%
  African American 1.88% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 12.84% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 22.80% 16.26%

Of Last Name Cara

People with the last name Cara are most frequently White, Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Cara

  • What name lists does Cara rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Cara? Cara is the 983rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Cara was the 33,036th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Cara have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 51,523 babies born with the first name Cara in the United States. That's more than enough people named Cara to occupy the territory of Faroe Islands (Denmark) with an estimated population of 48,285 (as of March 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Cara? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1882 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Cara first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Cara is Tuesday, January 14th, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Cara born? The highest recorded use of the first name Cara was in 1985 with a total of 1,465 babies. That's a lot of babies named Cara!
  • Random Cara Factoid: According to the 1983 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Cara ranks 101st in popularity as a baby girl's name in Vermont. Imagine that, 7 babies in Vermont have the same name as you in 1983.
  • Weird things about the name Cara: Your name in reverse order is Arac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Raac. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Cara? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 693 people with the last name Cara.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Cara? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Cara as their last name since less than 1 person in 435k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
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