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Let's Talk about Cara!

  • ashthedreamer
    ashthedreamer
    Participant

    I’ve been really loving Cara lately, but I have some questions for you lovely ladies. :)

    1. How do you pronounce Cara? CARE-ah or CAH-rah?
    2. Do you prefer it as a nn, or as the full name? My problem is that I always seem to find something wrong with just Cara, or with Caroline, or with Carolina… Is there anything else that’s fairly intuitive that Cara could be a nn for?
    3. Do you think Cara works well on my list? (Isabelle, Arianne, Olivia, Violet, Rachel, Lilia/Lillian/Liliana, Charlotte, Eleni, Hannah, Eva, Catherine, Emmeline, Tess, Caleb, Everett, Asher, Jack, Grayson, Avery, Bailey, Samuel, Boaz, Zane, Spencer, Brody, Grant) Or [fullname] nn Cara, at least?
    4. Any combo ideas for whichever form you like best? So far, I’ve tossed around Caroline Eva ____ and Cara Felicity ____, but I’m not really in love with either…

    Thanks, ladies!

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  • TheWishingStar
    TheWishingStar
    Participant

    1. I say CARE-uh. It could go either way, though I feel like CAR-ruh could be seen as kind of stuck-up sounding, at least in the US. Like when Anna is pronounced AH-nuh. It comes off as pretentious.
    Although, I feel like spelt Kara, I would be just fine with the CAR-ruh pronunciation. The K makes it less classic-English-y and more foreign (“kara” is a pretty common sound/word in Japanese, so maybe that’s why I think that), and thus okay to have a less common pronunciation, to me.

    2. I would use it as a full name. I’m not really crazy about Caroline/a as it is, but to me, Cara doesn’t seem any shorter than those. It’s just as formal/professional. Maybe something like Carina could work? I definitely just prefer Cara on it’s own.

    3. I think it fits in with the style of your other names, yeah. Although definitely too similar to a few of them (Charlotte, Eva, Caleb) for a sibset, to me at least.

    4. I think Caroline Felicity ___ would sound really nice! Maybe with a short third name. Or maybe something 3-syllables long with just Cara, Felicity sounds too long with it, especially with that extra middle name.

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    1. How do you pronounce Cara? CARE-ah
    2. Do you prefer it as a nn, or as the full name? Mmm, I think as the full name. I’d also like it as a nn for Caroline though.
    3. Do you think Cara works well on my list? To me it seems a little out of place, since it seems more modern/trendy than a lot of the names on your list which are more timeless/classic. But I think it could work.
    4. Any combo ideas for whichever form you like best? I like Cara Felicity. :)

    ashthedreamer
    ashthedreamer
    Participant

    @TwoSapphires – really? Cara seems like a modern classic to me, almost. It seems like it’s been used pretty consistently for the past 30 or so years. It’s gone up and down since the 1950s, but it hasn’t been as low as it is now since then (if that makes any sense at all!). It may not be that impressive of a name, but it does seem to be generally well-received, and it is pretty and sweet, I think. Maybe I’m biased, as I’ve always liked it, and I like the ties to my family, but I’ve always thought its short and sweet nature fit really well with some of my favorites (or my favorite nns). Cara, Bella, Eva, Hannah, etc.

    @TheWishingStar – I find it funny that you think Felicity’s too long for Cara, but not Caroline, haha! Caroline’s longer than Cara!

    A few other combos I’m tossing around–wdyt?

    Cara Mirielle (meer-ee-elle, not Mireille)
    Caroline Iris Fleur/Caroline Iris Joy “Cara”

    I just came across Caroline Iris, and I’m really loving it! I still like the idea of Caroline Eva Fleur/Caroline Eva Joy, but I also really am loving Iris with it! Caroline may have a shot, after all…

    jenni_lynn91
    jenni_lynn91
    Participant

    I know a girl named Cara Jane. She pronounces it “CARE-AH”. In Spanish, her name is pronounced “CAH-RA”. The word “cara” in Spanish also translates to “face”. I also went to school with a girl named Kara that was pronounced “KAH-RA”.

    TheWishingStar
    TheWishingStar
    Participant

    I think it’s the combination of the short Cara with the long Felicity that I’m not crazy about. Two longer names sound okay to me, but that short-long sounds clunkier.

    Cara Mirielle is really pretty! Mirielle is such a pretty name, but I feel like it’d be hard as a first name, because it’s so close to Mireille. But it works pretty well as a middle name. Caroline Iris is great too, I love Iris. Iris Fleur is way to flower-y for me, but I think Joy would work. Maybe something like Caroline Iris Jane? Caroline Iris Eve? Something else short like that?


    embra
    Participant

    1. Care-ah
    2. To me it is a full name. I don’t see it as a nickname unless the full name were something like Caralee.
    3. I think it fits fine.
    4. I like Cara Violet or Cara Charlotte if we are mixing up names on your list. I think Cara Rose, Cara Ruth, Cara Ruby, Cara Mabel, or Cara Beth would be pretty too.

    wishing_gate
    wishing_gate
    Participant

    Woo, so glad you like the name Cara! I think you probably know my opinion of the name Cara, but here’s my two cents:

    I pronounce it CAR-UH. This is most definitely how it would be pronounced in the UK. I know that people say names differently over in the US, and the whole Cara, Clara, Tara names are pronounced differently.

    I think that Cara can definitely work on its own. If we had decided to keep it on our list, we would have only used this name with no longer name.

    Yep, I definitely think that it could work with all of the names on your list (great list btw)

    I like the idea of Cara Felicity, Cara Beth, Cara Maeve, Cara Delaney, Cara Seraphine, Cara Natalie


    kimiha
    Participant

    i like it. i think its underused. i think its pronounced like care-ah. i dont like the car-ah pronunciation. i think it works great on your list.


    kimiha
    Participant

    also it sounds like a full name

    ashthedreamer
    ashthedreamer
    Participant

    @wishing_gate – How did you know?! My little sister’s name is Natalie, haha. I think Cara Natalie is really sweet, but I’m not sure about it…

    I’m still thinking about Caroline Iris Joy, nn Cara. Thoughts?

    Caroline
    Caroline
    Participant

    I could definitely see Cara working as a nn for Caroline, but it would have to be pronounced Care-ah. I much prefer Cara over Carrie, Carly, or Callie (all of which I’ve heard as a nn for Caroline).
    Although I’m not a huge fan of the name Joy, Caroline Iris Joy flows fell and fits well with your list. Some other names that may work well as middle names for either Caroline or Cara are Gemma, Beatrice, Vera, Flora, Luna, Ida, Agatha, and Ruth.

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