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98k
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since 1880
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1k
in the U.S.
in 2010

Kara

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3k Karah (American)

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1896 5 5 0
1915 6 0 6
1916 6 0 6
1919 7 7 0
1931 5 5 0
1932 6 6 0
1933 8 8 0
1934 6 6 0
1935 8 8 0
1936 7 7 0
1937 15 15 0
1938 13 13 0
1939 13 13 0
1940 12 12 0
1941 17 17 0
1942 24 24 0
1943 17 17 0
1944 20 20 0
1945 19 19 0
1946 25 25 0
1947 40 40 0
1948 26 26 0
1949 23 23 0
1950 32 32 0
1951 40 40 0
1952 40 40 0
1953 54 54 0
1954 59 53 6
1955 88 83 5
1956 116 116 0
1957 92 92 0
1958 122 122 0
1959 111 111 0
1960 135 135 0
1961 319 319 0
1962 524 517 7
1963 819 819 0
1964 663 663 0
1965 804 798 6
1966 581 581 0
1967 957 951 6
1968 913 908 5
1969 1,363 1,356 7
1970 1,510 1,502 8
1971 1,475 1,470 5
1972 1,462 1,456 6
1973 1,629 1,629 0
1974 2,314 2,305 9
1975 2,375 2,361 14
1976 2,044 2,036 8
1977 2,427 2,416 11
1978 2,290 2,290 0
1979 2,312 2,300 12
1980 2,458 2,445 13
1981 2,445 2,437 8
1982 2,676 2,663 13
1983 2,731 2,714 17
1984 2,863 2,855 8 #95 girl name
1985 2,824 2,811 13 #98 girl name
1986 2,737 2,720 17
1987 2,712 2,699 13
1988 3,045 3,039 6 #95 girl name
1989 3,135 3,120 15
1990 3,041 3,036 5
1991 3,279 3,279 0
1992 2,935 2,930 5
1993 2,527 2,527 0
1994 2,385 2,376 9
1995 2,148 2,148 0
1996 1,909 1,909 0
1997 1,912 1,907 5
1998 1,712 1,712 0
1999 1,686 1,686 0
2000 1,648 1,648 0
2001 1,474 1,474 0
2002 1,401 1,401 0
2003 1,357 1,357 0
2004 1,291 1,283 8
2005 1,225 1,225 0
2006 1,191 1,191 0
2007 1,170 1,170 0
2008 1,335 1,335 0
2009 1,387 1,387 0
2010 1,112 1,112 0
2011 935 935 0
2012 857 857 0
2013 831 831 0
2014 724 724 0
2015 615 615 0

Fun Facts about the name Kara

  • How many people with the first name Kara have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 97,711 babies born with the first name Kara in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kara to occupy the country of Seychelles with an estimated population of 90,945 (as of August 26, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kara? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1896 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Kara first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kara is Tuesday, August 20th, 1878.
  • What year had the most people named Kara born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kara was in 1991 with a total of 3,279 babies. That's a lot of babies named Kara!
  • Random Kara Factoid: According to the 1985 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kara ranks 59th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Kansas. Imagine that, 52 babies in Kansas have the same name as you in 1985.
  • Weird things about the name Kara: Your name in reverse order is Arak. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Kaar. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Kara? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,308 people with the last name Kara.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kara? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Kara as their last name since less than 1 person in 227k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
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Common last names for Kara

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Common first names for Kara

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Kara U.S.
  White 77.60% 64.26%
  African American 3.75% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 12.16% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.68% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.82% 16.26%

Of Last Name Kara

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

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Kara" mean? The list below shows the origins of Kara as well as things modernly associated with the name Kara such as celebrities named Kara.

Italian

Origin and Meaning of Kara

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

Variant of Cara.

  1. A female given name.

From Korean 加耶 (伽倻). The Middle Chinese pronunciation is thought to have been closer to Kaya, but /kaɾa/ (Kara) is thought to have been the oldest pronunciation.

  1. The language presumed to have been spoken by the Gaya confederacy in southern Korea, thought by some scholars to be attested from thirteen placenames.

From Sanskrit கர.

  1. The twenty-fifth year of the 60 year cycle of the Tamil calendar.

    Kara was also found in the following language(s): Icelandic and Turkish

    Kara Tointon

    Kara Tointon is an actress and model. Kara was born in 1983 as Kara Louise Tointon in Basildon, Essex, England.

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    Kara Monaco

    Kara Monaco is a playboy playmate . Kara was born in 1983 in Lakeland, Florida.

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    Kara Hoffman

    Kara was born in 2002.

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    Kara Williamson

    Kara Williamson is a musical artist with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1990 to present. Kara was born in 1979 as Kara Williamson.

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    Other Inspirations for the Name Kara

    Kara Bosworth
    Kara Goucher
    Kara Keough
    Kara No Kyoukai
    Kara Para Ask
    Kara Hayward
    Kara Lawson
    Kara Stein
    Kara Swisher
    Kara Walker

    What does the name Kara mean?

    Kis for keen, your sense of honesty.

    Ais for aware, of your surroundings

    Ris for respect, earned through your actions

    Ais for adaptable, whenever things change

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