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 "Baby a Day".
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.