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Kiara became popular in the late twentieth century due to a singing group of the same name. It began, however, as a variation of the baby name Ciara. Though Kiara was once a top 100 name, it is now close to a top 300 option for girls.

Meaning of the name Kiara:

Irish: little dark one
Italian: light, clear

Origin of the name Kiara:

Kiara comes, according to most, from the ancient Irish name Ciara. This was the feminine version of the Gaelic name Ciar, and the first woman with the name was a monk in the seventh century. Others believe, however, that Kiara comes from the Italian name Chiara, which is a Latinized version of Clara.

Symbolism of the name Kiara:

In Irish, the baby name Kiara has the same meaning as the boy name Ciar and the girl's name Ciara. “Ciar” was actually an Irish word that meant “dark.” In Italian, the name has the same meaning as Chiara, which ultimately has the same meaning as the baby name Clara.

Style of the name Kiara:

Modern

Gender of the name Kiara:

Kiara is a spunky name full of personality for girls.

Pronunciation of the name Kiara:

kee-AHR-uh

Number of syllables in the name Kiara:

Three

Emotion evoked from the name Kiara:

Kiara feels extroverted and fun. It is a name full of personality while still feeling refined.

Alternative spellings for the name Kiara:

Nicknames for the name Kiara:

Popularity of the name Kiara:

Kiara got onto the Social Security Index in the year 1988 at rank 820, and it jumped to the top 200 list at rank 114 in 1989. The name remained on the list until 1993, then became a top 200 name again from 1998 to 2006. It actually was a top 100 name at rank 78 in 1999. As of 2020, the name ranks at 308.

Related names for the name Kiara:

Great middle names for Kiara and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Kiara:

  • Kiara (Venezuelan singer)
  • Kiara Bosio (soccer player)
  • Kiara Muhammad (actress, “Doc McStuffins”)
  • Kiara Brinkman (novelist, “Up High in the Trees”)
  • Kiara Young (Miss Tennessee from 2015)
  • Kiara Ortega (Miss Universe from Puerto Rico in 2018)
  • Kiara Lee (comics artist)

Kiaras in popular culture:

  • Kiara (character from “The Lion King 2”)
  • Kiara Tyshanna (character from “Jonas LA”)
  • Kiara Anadis (character from “Dazzle”)
  • Kiara (character from “Outer Banks”)