What does Sierra mean?
Sierra \si(er)-ra\ as a girls' name is pronounced see-ERR-ah. It is of Spanish origin, and the meaning of Sierra is "saw". Place name for the western mountains. Other geographical names are Savannah and Mesa. The name is also associated with environmental concerns due to the Sierra Club.
For more on this name, see also the related girl name Tierra.
Sierra is a very popular first name for females (#1006 out of 4276, Top 24%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#1227 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Sierra for girls. Sierra was first listed in 1980-1989 and reached its peak position of #49 in the U.S. in the year 1999, and is presently at #352. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Ciara (#673 the previous year), Ciera, Cierra, Savana, Savanah, Savanna (#471), Savannah (#39) and Tierra are the prominent related forms of Sierra (#352 the previous year). These girl names were at the top of their popularity in 1997 (usage of 0.6644%) and have become significantly less popular since (usage 0.2739%, down 58.8%), with versions such as Ciara, Ciera, Cierra, Savanah and Tierra becoming somewhat dated. Savanna (#471), Savannah (#39) and Sierra (#352) are three of the more chic girl names among these, and there is a resurgence in baby name usage for Savannah. Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Sierra and related names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Sierra is pronounced similarly to Ciarra, Cieara, Ciearra, Cieria, Cierrah, Sarra, Seara, Searra, Seeria, Sera, Siara and Siria. Other suggested similar baby names are Kierra▼, Sheera, Shera, Sheraa, Sheria, Sherri▼ and Sherry▼. These names tend to be less commonly used than Sierra.