[ 2 syll. ka-ra, kar-a ] The baby girl name Kara is pronounced as KAAR-aa- or KEHR-ah- †. Kara is used chiefly in the English, German, and Scottish languages, and it is derived from Italian, Celtic, Old Greek, and Sanskrit origins.
Kara is a variant spelling of the name Cara (English, German, and Italian) in the English and German languages.
Kara is also a variant of the name Cara (Irish and Scottish) in the Scottish language.
Kara is also a variant of the name Katherine (English).
Kara is also a variant of the name Makara (English).
See also the related form, Karalana.
Kara is fairly popular as a baby name for girls. The name's popularity jumped from the 1950s up to the 1990s. At the peak of its usage in 1991, 0.161% of baby girls were given the name Kara. It ranked at #106 then. The baby name has since experienced a fall in popularity. In 2018, its usage was 0.033% and its ranking #500, but it was nonetheless the 2nd most popular after Katherine, out of all girl names in its group. In 2018, it was used 4 times more than Kara.
† Pronunciation for Kara: 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)"