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Updated June 9, 2019

Girl name origins & meanings

  • Greek : Grace; beauty; kindness

Family name origins & meanings

  • Polish (Karaś); Hungarian (Kárász); Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Slovenian (Prekmurje), and Jewish (Ashkenazic) : from Slavic karas ‘crucian carp’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a carp fisher or possibly a nickname for someone with a fishlike appearance. As a Jewish name it is mainly an ornamental name.
  • Greek : from a nickname meaning ‘black’ (see Caras).
  • Hungarian : topographic name for someone living by the Karas river, a tributary of the river Danube, named with Turkish kara ‘black’ + suğ ‘water’.
  • German : from a short form of the personal name Zacharias or of the Greek saint’s name Makarios, meaning ‘blessed one’.

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