Swahili; Welsh form of the Irish Niamh,"resolve; brilliance"
"resolve; brilliance"

Nia Origin and Meaning

The name Nia is a girl's name of Swahili origin meaning "resolve; brilliance".

Short but energetic and substantial, Nia has special meaning for African-American parents, as it's one of the days of Kwanza. Nia also benefits by its similarity to (yet differentness from) the megapopular Mia.

Current bearers include actresses Long and Vardalos (born Antonia), and popular television show Dance Moms star Nia Frazier.

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Famous People Named Nia

  • Nitara Carlynn "Nia" LongAmerican actress
  • Nia RobertsWelsh actress
  • Nia Sioux (Frazier)American actress, singer, and dancer
  • Nia MooreAmerican reality TV personality ("The Real World: Portland" and "The Challenge")
  • Virenia "Nia" PeeplesAmerican singer and actress
  • Antonia "Nia" VardalosCanadian actress and filmmaker
  • Nia Temple SanchezMiss USA 2014
  • Nia Lovelisdrummer in American rock band Hey Violet
  • NiaMalika Henderson, American TV journalist
  • Nia RileyAmerican reality TV personality; daughter of singer/producer Teddy Riley
  • Nia Molloy (b. 2004)daughter of actress Irene Molloy
  • Nia Morris (b. 2014)daughter of American musician Stevie Wonder

Nia in Pop Culture

  • Nia Teppelincharacter in anime series Gurren Lagann
  • Nia MosebyMr. Moseby's niece on TV's "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody"
  • Niacharacter in the Hyakka Ryōran light novel series
  • Niacharacter in the Pop'n Music video game series
  • Nia is also the Welsh form of the Irish Niamh.
  • Niamain character in the movie "Equals"
  • Niacharacter in the TV show, "Canimals".
  • Nia Wingfeather/Igibycharacter in "The Wingfeather Saga" by Andrew Peterson