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What does Niah mean?

Niah Pronunciation of Niah [ni-ah] as a girls' name. The meaning of the name Niah is "lustrous; goal, purpose". Niah is an alternate spelling of Nia (Gaelic, Swahili).


Niah has 3 variants: Nea, Nya and Nyah.

Creative forms:
(female) Neiah, Neoah, ..

(male) Nide, Nini, ..

Middle name pairings:
Niah Magdalene (N.M.), ..

How popular is Niah?

Niah is an uncommon first name for females. Niah is an equally unique surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related girl names. Prominent varying forms of Niah (unlisted) are Nia (#442 last year), Nya (#1281) and Nyah (#1401). Adoption of these forms of Niah was more pronounced among parents in the year 2001 (average #477) and is somewhat lower today, with the version Nyah becoming less fashionable. Nia has historically been a favorite of parents. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Niah and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Niah is pronounced similarly to Na-, Naia, Noa and Noe. Other suggested similar names are Abiah, Adah, Adiah, Aidah, Ainah, Alah, Aliah, Amiah, Ariah, Asiah, Avah, Aviah, Beah, Binah, Dinah, Eilah, Elah, Evah, Gilah, Inah, Kiah, Kibah, Kivah, Leah, Lidah, Lilah, Linah, Maiah, Miah, Micah, Mirah, Naiad, Nailah, Naimah, Nan, Nat, Niada, Nic, Nico, Nika, Nike, Niki, Niko, Nila, Nina, Nira, Niran, Nis, Nisha, Nita, Nix, Nixe, Nonah, Norah, Nyad, Nylah, Orah, Rinah, Rivah, Simah, Tinah, Unah and Zivah. These names tend to be more commonly used than Niah.

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