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Gender: F Pronunciation: KEER-a Meaning of Kiera: "little dark one" Origin of Kiera: Irish Kiera's Popularity in 2015: #639

Kiera entered the American popularity list in 1988 and has been slowly been making its way up the list, though lagging 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.

Ranking at Number 245, 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 Baldwin, daughter of Led Zeppelin rocker John Paul Jones
Kiera Cass, author of the Selection Series
Kiera Rose, British YouTube star

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