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Kara Name Popularity

How popular is the name Kara? Here’s everything we know.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 0 0%
1911 0 0%
1912 0 0%
1913 0 0%
1914 0 0%
1915 0 0%
1916 0 0%
1917 0 0%
1918 0 0%
1919 0 0%
1920 0 0%
1921 0 0%
1922 0 0%
1923 0 0%
1924 0 0%
1925 0 0%
1926 0 0%
1927 0 0%
1928 0 0%
1929 0 0%
1930 0 0%
1931 0 0%
1932 0 0%
1933 0 0%
1934 0 0%
1935 0 0%
1936 0 0%
1937 0 0%
1938 0 0%
1939 0 0%
1940 0 0%
1941 0 0%
1942 0 0%
1943 0 0%
1944 0 0%
1945 0 0%
1946 0 0%
1947 1,723 6 0.0004%
1948 0 0%
1949 0 0%
1950 1,788 5 0.0003%
1951 2,006 5 0.0003%
1952 0 0%
1953 1,532 12 0.0007%
1954 1,587 11 0.0006%
1955 1,183 30 0.0016%
1956 1,026 57 0.003%
1957 1,107 45 0.0023%
1958 974 68 0.0036%
1959 1,098 49 0.0026%
1960 1,011 67 0.0035%
1961 596 241 0.0128%
1962 434 460 0.0251%
1963 329 779 0.0434%
1964 366 627 0.0356%
1965 318 760 0.0465%
1966 379 534 0.0342%
1967 275 929 0.0612%
1968 286 884 0.0589%
1969 221 1,332 0.0865%
1970 210 1,479 0.0929%
1971 202 1,455 0.0968%
1972 194 1,433 0.1052%
1973 167 1,621 0.125%
1974 125 2,297 0.1767%
1975 118 2,357 0.1834%
1976 135 2,031 0.1576%
1977 120 2,415 0.1792%
1978 126 2,286 0.17%
1979 124 2,300 0.1631%
1980 127 2,443 0.1671%
1981 121 2,436 0.1657%
1982 113 2,654 0.1776%
1983 101 2,710 0.1836%
1984 95 2,855 0.1919%
1985 98 2,811 0.1852%
1986 102 2,716 0.1799%
1987 104 2,695 0.1766%
1988 95 3,039 0.195%
1989 101 3,116 0.1931%
1990 110 3,034 0.1831%
1991 106 3,279 0.2012%
1992 114 2,930 0.1836%
1993 130 2,523 0.1618%
1994 133 2,366 0.1542%
1995 150 2,142 0.1421%
1996 164 1,901 0.127%
1997 161 1,889 0.1277%
1998 177 1,687 0.1127%
1999 182 1,673 0.1117%
2000 193 1,630 0.1067%
2001 216 1,459 0.0968%
2002 223 1,388 0.0926%
2003 241 1,333 0.0876%
2004 250 1,256 0.0824%
2005 266 1,206 0.0789%
2006 281 1,164 0.0743%
2007 288 1,148 0.0728%
2008 257 1,311 0.0848%
2009 235 1,376 0.0921%
2010 287 1,101 0.0764%
2011 333 909 0.0638%
2012 356 830 0.0582%
2013 369 798 0.056%
2014 427 699 0.048%
2015 492 586 0.0403%
2016 487 581 0.0403%
2017 493 568 0.0407%
2018 475 586 0.0427%
2019 544 489 0.0361%

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Names Like Kara

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What names are variants of Kara?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Kara.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Cara

Beloved; friend

Latin

Kaira

Beloved; friend; lord

Latin

Karah
Karalee

Beloved; friend

Latin

Karalie
Karalyn

Free man

Slavic

Karalynn
Karee
Kari

Free man; pure

Greek

Kariana
Kariann
Karianna
Karianne
Karie
Karielle
Karrah
Karri

Pure

Greek

Karrie

Beloved; friend

Latin

Kary

What names sound like Kara?

If you like how Kara sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Kara.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Kaara

Beloved; friend

Latin

Karra

Beloved; friend

Latin

Kera

Black

Irish

Kiara

Black

Irish

Kira

Black

Irish

Kora

Maiden

Greek

Kyra

Lord

Greek


What names are similar to Kara?

Find a name that’s like Kara, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Katherine

Pure

Greek


Siblings of Kara

Mamas with kids named Kara also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
David

Beloved

Hebrew

Keiran

Black

Irish

3 Comments

  1. We pronounce this name Kah-rah. This was the one and only name my husband suggested and was excited about. His enthusiasm was solidified with the debut of the show “Supergirl”, as her name is also Kara and he’s a huge Superman fan. His excitement was infectious, as when she came out I couldn’t see her being called anything else.

  2. Our favorite saint is Saint John Paul II, and his birth name was Karol. Kara also means purity.

  3. My husband and I both took Koine Greek in Bible College. This name came up early in our vocabulary because it means “Joy.” I knew then that I wanted to use it.
    We are using the Fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23 as a guide for naming our children. Joy is the second quality listed.
    I like that, even though this name is somewhat common, it has never been super abundant. My daughter has a name that will be at the same time both familiar and special among her peers.


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