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Gender: Female Meaning of Nia: "resolve; brilliance" Origin of Nia: Swahili; Welsh form of the Irish Niamh,"resolve; brilliance" Nia's Popularity in 2017: #497

The name Nia is a girl's name of Swahili origin meaning "resolve; brilliance". Nia is ranked #497 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Short Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "A Duggarlike Game: With a twist!".

From the experts:

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" Long, American actress
Nia Roberts, Welsh actress
Nia Sioux (Frazier), American actress, singer, and dancer
Nia Moore, American reality TV personality ("The Real World: Portland" and "The Challenge")
Virenia "Nia" Peeples, American singer and actress
Antonia "Nia" Vardalos, Canadian actress and filmmaker
Nia Temple Sanchez, Miss USA 2014
Nia Lovelis, drummer in American rock band Hey Violet
Nia-Malika Henderson, American TV journalist
Nia Riley, American 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

Pop Culture References for the name Nia

Nia Teppelin, character in anime series Gurren Lagann
Nia Moseby, Mr. Moseby's niece on TV's "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody"
Nia, character in the Hyakka Ryōran light novel series
Nia, character in the Pop'n Music video game series
Nia is also the Welsh form of the Irish Niamh.
Nia, main character in the movie "Equals"
Nia, character in the TV show, "Canimals".

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CJ Says:


Love this name!

phunkyvida Says:


Nia is the Welsh form of the old Irish name Niamh (pronounced “nee-av” in Ireland) and means "brightness, luster, radiance". The name Nia in Hindi means "One Who Was Desired/Prayed For."

EW314 Says:


This is new to me, but really light and lovely. I imagine lots of people would mishear it as Mia, though.

nyah Says:


wow funny my name is Nyah !!!

yvonne_virginia Says:


I love this name as a nickname for Virginia! <3

bootsie Says:


Isn't resolve (as a noun) more or less a synonym for that?

indiefendi2 Says:


Very very popular in the black community. Along with Naya (and the spelling variations).

Catastroffy Says:


This is also the Welsh form of Niamh.

heather75402 Says:


I'm not a big fan of really short names but this one is very pretty.

Evajoy Says:


This name actually means "Purpose" in Swahili. Also aim/intention/goal.