Meaning and Name Origin
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.
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. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Nia for girls. Nia was first listed in 1990 and reached its top position of #307 in the U.S. in the year 2000, and is currently at #487. (2014 Birth Statistics)
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 1000 are Mia (#6 a year ago), Miah (#622), Nya and Nyah. Usage of these girl names reached its most widespread in the year 2002 and is now significantly lower, with the versions Nya and Nyah becoming less in vogue. Mia (#6), Miah (#622) and Nia (#487) are three of the more contemporarily stylish baby names in this compilation. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Nia▲ is alike in pronunciation to Na-, Naia, Noa and Noe. Other recommended similar baby 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.