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What does Nia mean?

Nia Pronunciation of 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.


Nia has 4 variants: Nea, Niah, Nya and Nyah.

3 more different relations via Mia: Mea, Meya and Miah.

Creative forms:
(female) Neia, Ni, ..

(male) Nido, Nin, ..

Middle name pairings:
Nia Alexa (N.A.), ..

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)

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 #442. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular alternative forms of Nia (#442 a year ago) appearing in the Top 2000 are Mea, Mia (#6 a year ago), Miah (#615), Nya (#1281) and Nyah (#1401). Usage of these relations of Nia reached its most widespread 2 years ago (adoption of 0.93%) and has remained as conventional to this day (adoption 0.86%, 7%), but with the version Nyah becoming less in vogue. Mia, Miah and Nia are three of the more contemporarily stylish baby names in this compilation.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nia, Mea, Mia, Miah, Nya, Nyah in U.S.

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

Similar Names

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.

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