Cara is a widely used name; it has 49 variant transcriptions that are used in English and foreign languages. English variant transcriptions of the name include Cahra, Caira, Carabel, Carabell, Carabelle, Caradoc, Caraf, Caraid, Carajean, Caralea, Caraleah, Caralee, Caraleigh, Caralia, Caralie, Caralin, Caralisa, Caralyn, Caralynn, Caranda, Carella, Carely, Caretta, Carilla, Carine, Carra, Carrah, Carry, Chara, and Charissa. Other English forms include the diminutives Carina (used in German, Italian, and Scandinavian too), Carissa, Karena, Karina (used in German too), and Karissa, and the spelling variants Caragh, Carah, Kaara, Kara (used in German too), and Karra. Karah (Italian) is a variant transcription of Cara that is used in foreign languages. The diminutives Carey (Welsh) and Carita (Italian) are other foreign variant transcriptions.
The Scottish name Kara is a form of Cara.
See also the related form, the English Carreen.
Cara is an all-time favorite. Today it is still somewhat popular as a baby name for girls, though it was in more widespread use before. The name jumped in popularity from the 1950s up to the 1970s. At the peak of its usage in 1977, 0.086% of baby girls were given the name Cara. Its ranking then was #189. The baby name has since experienced a drop in frequency. In 2018, it ranked at #873 with a usage of 0.017%. Out of the group of girl names directly linked to Cara, Kara was the most frequently used. The name was twice as popular as Cara in 2018.
† English pronunciation for Cara: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)"