- this week

Gender: Female Meaning of Nia: "resolve; brilliance" Origin of Nia: Swahili; Welsh form of the Irish Niamh,"resolve; brilliance" Nia's Popularity in 2018: #474

The name Nia is a girl's name of Swahili origin meaning "resolve; brilliance". Nia is ranked #474 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Cool Winter Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Love, Like, Lose: Similar Names (Girls)".

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.

Find other names based on Nia using our baby name generator.

Famous People Named Nia

Pop Culture References for the name Nia

Neya, Nya, Niah, Nyah, Niya, Nea

16 names similar to Nia

These 16 names were selected by our users that were looking for other names like Nia. If you didn't find an alternative name that you like better than Nia, try our name generator. It allows you to go beyond the similarities of a name, which can provide a lot of inspiration!


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.