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Origin, Meaning, And History of Kiara

Kiara is a name that has different meanings depending on its origin. As a variation of the old Irish name Ciara, the name derives meaning from the word ‘ciar,’ meaning ‘dark.’ In Italian, the name is derived from the Latin word ‘Ciara,’ meaning ‘bright’ or ‘shining.’ In Arabic, Kiara means ‘sweet, pure, peaceful, and unique.’ In India, Kiara is assigned to a ‘dark-haired one’ or ‘a lady with dusk hair.’ Kiara also references Australian origin from an aboriginal word meaning ‘white cockatoo,’ while in Korea, it means ‘the first ray of the Sun.’ Usually given to males in Japan, it is increasingly used for girls as part of a trend. Spelled ‘Kiiara,’ the name also means ‘shining and beautiful’ in Japanese.

The name Kiara is also a modern version of the name Chiara, which dates back to the 1200s when Saint Clare of Assisi founded the Order of the Poor Ladies. She was an Italian saint and one of the first followers of Francis of Assisi, who wrote monastic guidelines named Rule of Life. It was the first monastic guideline ever written by a woman, and she was designated as the patron saint by Pope Pius XII in 1958.

The anglicized variations of Kiara include Clare, Clara, Ciara, Chiara, Kiarah, and Klara. Some popular nicknames include Aura, Keke, Key, Kiki, and Rah.

The name was first used in Italy and later introduced in the US. One of the most popular characters to bear the name Kiara is Princess Kiara, the main protagonist in the 1998 film ‘The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride,’ a sequel to ‘The Lion King.’ She is a female lion and the daughter of Simba and Nala. Kiara Carrera is one of the main characters in the American action-adventure television series ‘Outer Banks’ portrayed by Madison Bailey. In the 2022 novel ‘Nightcrawling’ by Leila Mottley, Kiara is the name of the protagonist, who, along with her brother Marcus, is struggling to survive in East Oakland.


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Kiara means a Woman With Raven-Black, Dark Hair
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How To Pronounce Kiara?


Famous People With The Name Kiara

  • Kiara BrinkmanAmerican writer and known for her novel ‘Up High in the Trees’
  • Kiara MuhammadAmerican actress, known for her photoshoot for Reebok
  • Kiara NowlinAmerican gymnast
  • Kiara MastroianniFrench actress and singer, daughter of Catherine Deneuve and Marcello Mastroianni
  • Kiara SaultersAmerican singer, popularly known as Kiiara

Kiara On The Popularity Chart

The popularity of Kiara has been fluctuating since 1988 when it was considered a rare name. The graphs below will give you more information.

Popularity Over Time

The name’s popularity peaked in 1999, after which it slowly declined. In 2021, there were 984 babies per million named Kiara.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

Kiara reached its top ranking in 1999 when it ranked 78th. Currently, it is the 332nd most popular name.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound As Kiara

Are you planning for a second baby and want a name that sounds similar to Kiara? Here are some variations for you.

Names With Similar Meaning As Kiara

Still doubtful about the name Kiara? Here are some fresh ideas for names that have similar meaning.

Name Numerology For Kiara

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