Baby Names: Names Starting with C

CAMILLE: Liatin for "attendant at a religious ceremony." The heroine of an Alexandre Dumas play, which was in turn the bassis for Verdi's opera LA TRAVIATA. And we all remember Garbo's "I vant to be alone." Relatives: Camilla, Camila, Camelia, Cammilla, Cammie, Cammy, Kamilla, Kamille, Mila. Namesake: "Camile."

CAMPBELL: From the French for "beautiful field." A traditional Scottish name despite the French origins. Relative: Camp. Namesakes: Glen Campbell, Campbell's soup.

CANDACE: From the Greek for "white-hot." A favorite name of early Ethiopian queens. Relatives: Candice, Candys, Candy, Candie, Candi. Namesakes: Candace Stevenson, Candice Bergen.

CARA: Latin for "dear." Increasingly popular either with the "c" or with the "k." Relatives: Kara, Carra, Karra. Namesakes: Kara Kennedy, "Cara Mia."

CAREW: Latin for "run." Almost exclusively used as a surname but has real potential as a first name. Solid sound, good nickname possibilities. Relatives: Carrie, Carry, Cary, Rew. Namesake: Rod Carew.

CAREY: From the Latin for "dear" and Welsh for "rocky island." Deservedly popular, truly androgynous. Relatives: Cary, Carry, Carrie, Kerry, Kerrie. Namesakes: Cary Grant, Carrie Fisher, Hugh Carey.

CARL: A variation of Charles. This name has dropped out of ashion, and it's hard to understand why. More popular in its feminine form, Carla. Relatives: Karl, Karla, Carol, Caroll, Carlotta, Carlton, Carlisle, Carlyle, Carlie, Carly. Namesakes: Carl Bernstein, Karl Marx, Carroll O'Connor.

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