The name Ciara is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "little dark one". Ciara and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Dark and discussed in our forums with posts like "Heaven Hell Purgatory -- GIRLS".
From the experts:
Ciara is very popular in Ireland, more familiar here as the Anglicized Kiera or Keira. The uninitiated will tend to pronounce Ciara as the Italian Chiara, a form of Claire—kee-AHR-a or even see-AHR-a, like the American singer-songwriter Ciara. In the US, Ciara peaked in 2005, when it was the Number 150 name; it's since fallen down to Number 882.