Cara, Kara

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FOR REAL: The name Cara has a couple of different origins. It can be Latin or Italian meaning "dear." It is also the Irish Gaelic word for "friend." Cara's been around as a name since the 1800s, but didn't really take off in popularity until the mid 20th century. In this context, it's most likely a modern take on names like Karen and Sarah, with the above meanings as influences, rather than concrete origins.

diminutives: Cari, Kari

related names: Carissa, Karissa