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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.


Sierra has 4 variants: Ciara, Ciera, Cierra and Siera.

For more information, see also the related girl name Tierra.

Sierra has 12 more alternative forms via Mesa, Savannah: Maisa, Maysa, Savana, Savanah, Savanha, Savanna, Savannha, Savhanna, Savonna, Savonne, Sevanna and Vanna.


Sierra is a very popular first name for females (#1006 out of 4276, Top 24%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#1780 out of 88799, Top 2%). (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. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Sierra name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Sierra and related names. 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) appearing in the Top 1000. This girl name was at the top of its popularity in 1997 and has become significantly less popular since, 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. There is a resurgence in baby name usage for Savannah. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ciara, Ciera, Cierra, Savana, Savanah, Savanna, Savannah, Sierra, Tierra in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ciara, Savannah, Sierra outside U.S.

Similar Names

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.