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Gender: Female Pronunciation: KEER-a Meaning of Kiera: "little dark one" Origin of Kiera: Irish Kiera's Popularity in 2017: #766

The name Kiera is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "little dark one". Kiera is ranked #766 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Dark and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

Kiera entered the American popularity list in 1988, though it lags behind the alternate spelling Keira, largely due to the fame of actress Keira Knightley.

The original Irish spelling is Ciara, the name of an early saint (who was said to have put out fires by the power of her prayer) which was the most popular name in Ireland a couple of decades ago.

Keira is the more popular spelling, but Kiera is the more authentic--though both have pretty mush lost their Irish accents. There is also the male Kieran.

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Famous People Named Kiera

Kiera Cass, American novelist
Kiera Gormley, Northern Irish model
Kiera Aitken, Bermudian swimmer
Kiera Victoria Chaplin, British actress; granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin
Kiera Rose, British YouTube star
Kiera Baldwin, daughter of John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin

Pop Culture References for the name Kiera

Keira Knightley says she was meant to be named "Kiera," but her mother misspelled the name when she went to register her.
Kiera Cameron, main character of Canadian TV series Continuum


kiera_1225 Says:


Kiera is my name, and I like it. Though, the biggest con that comes with it is all the mispronunciation. Often mistaken for "Kee-air-a, or "Kai-eer-a". My name also gets spelt "Keira" a lot, which drives me nuts. I do think that "Kiera" is more appealing than the traditional "Keira", though.

headintheclouds Says:


As I wrote in the Keira comments, although Kiera is the "correct" spelling, to me it feels like the opposite thanks to the prominence of Keira Knightley! Both variant spellings are equally nice though. My first intuition is to say Kiera as a three syllable drawled out "Key-ye-ra" (I quite like the sound of this), although I know the correct pronunciation is "KEERa".

pixelatedinfants Says:


My best friends name!

eponina Says:


I prefer this to Keira, and it feels more straightforward pronunciation wise than Ciara.

Zelliew Says:


This is a very attractive name

TheHumanCanvas Says:


Ohh... LOVE the meaning.