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Cara is an Irish feminine given name meaning "friend". It is also an English, German and Italian language feminine given name from the Latin cārus meaning “darling, beloved, dear, loved one”.

Meaning: pure, cherished and beloved one

Region of origin: Greece, Italy

Related names: Kara, Cheryl, Cherie, Karina, ...

Cara is a female given name of Latin, Greek, or Celtic origin. It has been frequently used mostly in recent times, especially in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. and can also be used as a short form for the name Caralee.Cara is an Irish feminine given name meaning "friend". It is also an English, German and Italian language feminine given name from the Latin cārus meaning “darling, beloved, dear, loved one”. It is also a Danish, Norwegian and Swedish feminine given name that is an alternate form of Kara as well as a short form of Carola, Carolina and Oscara.Cara means beloved in Latin and the names Carina, Cherie and Cheryl derive from it. Cara also means friend in Irish language Kara, the alternative spelling, is from the Cornish word kara, meaning love. This is likely cognate to the popular Welsh girls' name Carys.The name is also that of an island in the Inner Hebrides island group, Scotland; Cara Island lying just off the southern tip of the Isle of Gigha.In Egyptian language, the term Kara can be translated as "the spirit of Ra".In Turkey, the word Kara means "dark", which may or may not be related to the Gaelic Ciara of the same meaning.In Greece, the name Kara means "pure", and is related to the names Katharina, Katherine, and Katrina. In Ancient (and sometimes in modern) Greek language, Kara means Head.In Japan, the word Kara means "empty", and is the basis of the name of the Karate martial art.In Norse mythology, Kára was a valkyrie; in the Scandinavian languages, the name Kára either means "the wild, stormy one" (based on Old Norse afkárr, meaning "wild") or "curl" or "the curly one" (from Old Norse kárr).In Vietnam, cà rá refers to a diamond size unit (translated from carat); in Hausa kara means "to increase or complain".



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