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What does Ciara mean?

Ciara Pronunciation of Ciara [cia-ra] as a girls' name is pronounced KEE-a-ra. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Ciara is "black". Modern feminine form of Ciaran (from "ciar"), the name of two major Irish saints. Can also be traced back to Italian Chiara meaning "light", and influenced by the use of Kyra and Kiara. In the US it is pronounced with a soft "c", in which case it represents either a respelling of Sierra, or a use of the brand of perfume called Ciara (compare Chanel) introduced by Revlon in 1973.

Associated with: irish, black, modern, saints, light, soft (gentle).


Ciara has 22 variants: Ceara, Cearaa, Cearia, Cearra, Chiara, Ciaara, Ciaran, Ciarra, Ciarrah, Cieara, Ciearra, Ciera, Cieria, Cierra, Cierrah, Keara, Keira, Kiara, Kiera, Searra, Siara and Sierra.

Affiliated girl name: Claire.

9 more different relations via Chanel, Chiara, Kiara, Kyra, Sierra: Chiarina, Chiarra, Kaira, Keera, Kiarra, Kierra, Kira, Kyrra and Siera.

Creative forms:
(female) Ciada, Ciare, ..

(male) Ciaro, Ciaso, ..

Middle name pairings:
Ciara Jolie (C.J.), ..

How popular is Ciara?

Ciara is a very popular first name for females (#1764 out of 4276, Top 41%) and a slightly less popular last name for all people (#140756 out of 150436, Top 94%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Ciara entered the list in 1980-1989 and reached its peak position of #150 in the U.S. in the year 2005, and is currently at #757. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ciara name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ciara outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Ceara, Chanel (#687 in recent rankings), Chiara (#1863), Ciarra, Ciera, Cierra (#1864), Claire (#49), Kaira, Keara, Keira (#245), Kiara (#399), Kiarra, Kiera (#639), Kierra (#1574), Kira (#361), Kyra (#493), Siara, Siera and Sierra (#408) are the popular varying forms of Ciara (#757 in recent rankings) appearing in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Chiarra, are uncommon. Usage of these relations of Ciara reached its most widespread 2 decades ago (adoption of 1.3%) and is somewhat lower today (adoption 0.7%, 47% less), with versions such as Kiara becoming less in vogue. Claire has generally been popular among parents, although Kira seems to be gaining popularity too.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ciara, Ceara, Chanel, Chiara, Ciarra in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ciera, Cierra, Claire, Kaira, Keara in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Keira, Kiara, Kiarra, Kiera, Kierra in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kira, Kyra, Siara, Siera, Sierra in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ciara, Claire, Keira, Kiara, Kiera outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Kyra, Sierra outside U.S.

Similar Names

Ciara is alike in pronunciation to Ceira, Cera, Cerea, Ceri, Ceria, Cerria, Cira, Ciri, Cyrah, Sahra, Saira, Sara, Sarha, Sari, Saria, Sarra, Sera, Siri, Siria, Zahra, Zaira, Zara, Zaria, Zary and Zayra. Other recommended names are Amara, Atara, Caera, Cara, Carah, Cari, Carma, Carna, Caro, Cary, Char, Chara, Chari, Charo, Chava, Chinara, Ciana, Cilia, Cilla, Cima, Cinda, Citara, Cithara, Clara, Clare, Clari, Cliara, Clora, Cora, Dara, Eigra, Eira, Fara, Kara, Kitra, Klara, Kliara, Liora, Lira, Mara, Meara, Mira, Nira, Shara, Sidra, Tara, Teara, Tiara, Tiarra and Zinara. These names tend to be less frequently used than Ciara.

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