Ciara (given name)

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Pronunciation /ˈkɪərə/ KEER
Gender female
Word/Name Irish Gaelic
Meaning black, little dark one, dark haired
Region of origin Ireland
Other names
Related names Ceara, Ciera, Cer, Cera, Ciar, Ciora, Cyra, Chiara, Keara, Keira, Kiara, Kiera, Kira, Kyra, Sierra

Ciara /ˈkɪərə/ is a popular Irish language female name and was tenth on the list of most popular names given to baby girls in Ireland in 2006. It is the feminine version of the name Ciarán, meaning "dark-haired" in Irish Gaelic, and was also the name of Saint Ciara, a seventh-century Irish saint venerated by the Roman Catholic Church. The name's spelling is often Anglicized as Keira, Kiera, Keara or Kira.

In the United States, the name Ciara is also sometimes pronounced /sˈɑrə/. This pronunciation may have been further promoted in part by the popularity of a perfume brand called Ciara (pronounced see-AR, "C-R-uh" after the initials of Charles Revson) created by Revlon in 1973 and in more recent times by the popular American R&B singer Ciara Harris. It is also occasionally used in the United States as a spelling variant of the name Sierra.

Notable people named Ciara[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]

  • Ciara Brady
  • Ciara (on the TV show Lost Girl)
  • Ciara Porter (The Cuckoo's Calling)

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