What does Nia mean?
Nia [nia] as a girls' name is pronounced NEE-ah. It is of Gaelic and Swahili origin, and the meaning of Nia is "lustrous; goal, purpose". Also short form of names with the -nia ending, used as an independent name after the fashion of Mia. Actresses Nia Peeples, Nia Long.
Associated with: gaelic.
(female) Naoia, Neia, ..
(male) Nin, Ninal, ..
How popular is Nia?
Nia is a somewhat prominent first name for women (#2119 out of 4276, Top 50%) but an uncommon last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Nia for girls. Nia was first listed in 1970-1979 and reached its top position of #307 in the U.S. in the year 2000, and is currently at #487. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)
Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of the girl name Nia and associated names. Popular alternative forms of Nia (#487 a year ago) appearing in the Top 2000 are Mea, Mia (#6 a year ago), Miah (#622), Nya (#1249) and Nyah (#1265). Usage of these relations of Nia reached its most widespread 1 year ago (adoption of 0.93%) and has remained as conventional to this day (adoption 0.89%, ▼4.1%), but with the version Nyah becoming less in vogue. Mia and Miah are two of the more contemporarily stylish baby names in this compilation.
Nia is alike in pronunciation to Na-, Naia, Noa▲ and Noe. Other recommended names are Gia▲, Kia▼, Lia▲, Nic, Nika, Nila, Nina, Nira, Nis, Nita▼, Nix, Pia, Ria, Tia▼, Xia and Zia. These names tend to be less commonly used than Nia.