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  • Records indicate that 30,895 girls in the United States have been named Ciara since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2005, when 2,299 people in the U.S. were given the name Ciara. Those people are now 15 years old.

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    Comments about the name Ciara

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      42 Positive Comments

  • "Seriously. Days of our Lives drive me nuts pronouncing this name incorrectly! Key ra, Kee -rah not freaking See er uh! If you want to say Sierra, then spell it that way. If you want to use a name from another culture/country, then at least say it correctly." Jan. 7, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ciara pronounced like Sierra and On one of these comments someone said that everyone outside of Ireland pronounces it wrong. Well if your going for the Irish form of the name yes it is but in the English language it is pronounced "SEE-AIR-AH". I think either way you pronounce is beautiful but both technically either way your pronounce is right." Sep. 2, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm naming my daughter Ava Ciara Rose - it will be pronounced either like Sierra (Seirra Mountains-like my boyfriend wants) or Ce-Are-Uh (like I want). I told him either way the name means what we wish it to mean- he wants to make sure people know it means (to him) high snowy mountains." Sep. 9, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Ciara. I am Irish and, although my name is not Ciara, I know at least five Ciaras. Last year my best friend and I did a student exchange programme. Any time a teacher or some one saw her name they pronounced it like the name 'Sierra' which is undeniably pretty but not her name. We were both at our wits end by the time the three months came to a close. In Irish, all c's are pronounced like k's. Ex. caca (cake) kawka [NOT saka] and cuir (to put/take etc) kweer [NOT curr]. Ciara is pronounced KEER-AH." Apr. 1, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "i have to admit it frustrates me when people decide to completley change the traditional irish pronunciation and spelling of the name is pronounced KEER-AH ,in the gaelic/irish language the letter C is always pronounced as a K and never S,thus SIERRA is wrong ,sorry it should be left alone :)" Sep. 13, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I spell it Ciara and KEER-RA is how I pronounce it and I like it cuz it is the traditional way, yet many people have lots of difficulties pronouncing and spelling it!" Jun. 16, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is ciara im irish so its pronounced kiera the traditional irish way...its a really popular or commen name in ireland i have 5 friends with the same name so it was very popular when i was born...the name means dark or the night also can mean black but black as in is given to someone who is stong, beautiful and liked by many...i dont mind people changing the prenounciation from the traditional, in the US and other countries beacuse they dont understand the irish pronounciation, and that in gaeilge the irish traditional language, we have a different alphabet that dosent have the letter k and the letter c is pronounced as a k sound...the gaelic alphabet also dosent have the letters j,q,v,w,x,y, alot of irish names and words get changed when they leave ireland no need to get angry about it...sure its a beautiful name...with a meaning of a strong person as the dark is strong...anyway sl?n go f?ill agus La Fheile Padraig brea dhibh go leir...17th Mar 2011...gogbye for now and have a great St.Patricks day....go on all the Ciaras out their..." Feb. 23, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My names Ciara and i pronounce it "Keer-ah". i live in Ireland so i don't have much trouble with it as it's a pretty common Irish name. i was born in england and no one there could understand this spelling/pronunciation. it's an Irish name so technically the "correct" pronunciation is the Irish way!" Jan. 25, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a name nerd and I have to say that because Ciara is a traditionally Irish name the historically and linguistically correct pronunciation is the Irish pronunciation: Kee-rah. The fact that a number of people outside of Ireland, including celebrities, TV shows, etc. pronounce the name differently does not change the fact that they are not using the traditionally correct spelling. That said, names are open to some degree of interpretation and people have been changing the traditional nature of name (be it the spelling, the gender, etc.) a lot in recent times. If you do decide to use the name and pronounce something other than the irish Kee-rah, just know that this IS the classic, traditional spelling and get used to others not pronouncing it your way." Jan. 24, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "We just named our daughter Ciara, born 9/6/10 in the US and pronounce it the Irish way (Kee-ra) since Mom is of Irish descent." Sep. 8, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sisters name is Ciara Marie and its pronounced SEE-AR-UH." Jul. 31, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Ciara and for me its pronounced Key-Ra. i have had some trouble with the name, many people either spell of pronounce it wrong. i love my name and would never want to have a different name. many of my friends call me KIKI as a nickname" Jun. 22, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ciara. We pronounce it See-air-rah. The name came from the Popular American Purfume "Ciara". I think that the Irish way, Keer-ah, is beautiful as well." May. 31, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "i'm 7 months pregnant and plan to call my baby girl cira. I pronounce it keerah." Mar. 8, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My anme is Ciara and I say it keera. i like it too be said this wway because as an Irish Celtic name I feel it deserves to be said the way it should be. I have no problem with people developing the name to Sierra etc. but traditioanlly and in Ireland most definitely the name is Ciara as Keera" Jan. 20, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ciara, I pronounce it KEER-A but sometimes, on the roll in school, some teachers have bad eysight and it comes out Cara, there is two Ciaras (KEER-A) in my class :) I love my name, but it is very common where I live." Dec. 28, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My baby is going to be born on christmas eve my we are going to name her cierra or ciara or sierra i am really exited to get my little girl and the thing that is really exiting she is going to be born on christmas eve the day before christmas wow.Sometimes me and my husband wake up everyday and say wow we are going to have a little girl name Ciara. we are so exited!!" Dec. 20, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter (4 months) Ciara (pronounced Keira) because it means "dark haired" in Gaelic and my partner and I both have Irish roots. Unfortunately her hair went from dark to light so it doesn't make much sense anymore but I still love the name and it just suits her to a tee. It does iritate me when people call her "Kee-ara" but I can't really blame them because that's how it looks like it is spelt. I think pronouncing it "See-ara" and "See-aira" kind of butchers it and is not respectful of the beautiful Irish dialect." Dec. 14, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I pronounce it SEE-ARE-UH and NOBODY EVER gets it right. It bothers me..." Dec. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my daughter's name and I love it. We pronounce it Kee-rah and I hate it when people say kee-ar-uh. But I can't blame them because it is confusing." Sep. 15, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Ciara. We chose it because of the way it sounds... it's a beautiful name when pronounced correctly (as in the Gaelic pronunciation Keer-ah), but I have found people either can't pronounce it or can't spell it" Jul. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "If you actually watch the show days of our lives Bo and Hope have the daughters name Ciara and they pronounce it see-air-uh, so to the post on Comment left May 02, 2009 with the comment 'But it makes you look cheap and uneducated if you do', so ur saying the creaters of a multimillion dollar production are cheap and uneduacated!!! yeh right" Jun. 23, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ciara but i pronounce it like the sierra mountains, like See-air-ah. I am not sure how my mother even found out about this name but i think it is a beautiful name...but i do get a lot of Kee-are-ahs or worst Clara hahaha" Jun. 10, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love this name. Wish so many people wouldn't butcher it here in the US. And by butcher, I mean seearah, ugghhhh." May. 6, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "it is said kee-rah Its the female verison of Kieran, You don't say kieran as seeran, so why say ciara as see-a-ra? Its a free world, you can say it how ever you want yes, But it makes you look cheap and uneducated if you do." May. 2, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "im irish my name is ciara i pronounce i like Keira (kee-rah)" Mar. 15, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Ciara. We pronounce it Key-r-ah (well, that's as close as I can get to how we say it at least). Nobody ever gets it right. I think it's beautiful and even though it's always mispronounced I wouldn't change my decision. I got the name from a book of Celtic baby names." Jul. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ciara but it is pronounced See-are-uh. So many people say it wrong and the worst is when people say sierra, a's don't make an "eh" sound unless there is an i AFTER it!" May. 29, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is ciara, and i dont like it because no one can pronounce it unless they know someone named ciara, or has heard of the popstar. But then again i do like it cause its UNIQUE!!!" Feb. 15, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My other nieces name is ciara and it fits her to a tee! She 2 years old and as prissy and girly as she can be, but she is in her terrible 2s now and showing everyone how mean she can be! Everyone pronouces it c~air~wa as a nick name." Dec. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "it doesnt have to be "kee-rah" you can pronounce it any way you like." May. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love this name because its mine ~lol~ u pronounce it kir-a xxxxxxxxxxx" May. 1, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "IT IS NOT SIERRA!! That was the pronunciation of a cheap perfume. Outside of Ireland, everyone mispronounces it. It's Keer-ah" Apr. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "ciara is not italian and is not usually pronouced chiara! my names ciara and i study irish place names and peoples names! it is irish and it means dark or black depending on interpretation!" Mar. 15, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love my name every one tells me how it is so beautiful lol" Jan. 31, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "People say my name wrong but people don't make fun of it just because my name is Ciara" Sep. 8, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sister's name is Ciara. Every one thinks that it is a very beautiful name but many spell it the wrong way. Either sierra or siara or something like that. It is very annoying but you get used to it. Her name is very mich like her; beautiful and exotic." Aug. 27, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is an Irish name (there's a male name that is similar) and I believe it means dark. Pretty name!" May. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Ciara (pronounced Keyra). It is often mispronounced as See-ar-a or Key-air-a. We went with the traditional Irish spelling and pronounciation, but there are many spellings, such as Keira, Kira, Kyra. I love the name as it is interesting, feminine and lively. Maybe it is just my daughter that makes it so to me." May. 2, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is also Ciara, Ciara Nicole. I was born in 1983, and my mother heard the name from her cousin's husbands niece, who was named "Sierra", but my mom hated the spelling of it with an "S" so she changed it to "Ciara". People call me "Cara" alot, especially over the phone when they can't pronounce it. I love it... it fits me and I feel privledged to have such a beautiful and unique name. I get lots of compliments on it!" Apr. 19, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Im ciara (pronounced kee-ra) and i'm fom ireland, the name means a beauty with dark hair and eyes, and i actually do have dark hair and eyes!" Apr. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ciara and for years I wanted to know the origin of my name. I haven't met anyone besides certain family members that knows how to pronounce my name. I love my name because it is so unique and it makes me feel powerful and beautiful." May. 25, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "It's a pretty far stretch from "See ar ra" to "Kee ar ra" and I can not see "Key ra" at all. I would hate to say anyone's name improperly, but this one really is hard! From now on, I'm going to be really careful and ask first!" Aug. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

      28 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is Ciara as in the singer, so it's not just the Irish way of pronouncing it. You can pronounce it in any way." Jul. 5, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think Ciara is are nice name not because plenty people had the name ciara because it is are nice name because it is a beautiful name my name is Ciara and lot of people tell me that is a beautiful name so who has the name ciara you are a good person" Dec. 22, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sierra! I don't know any other Ciara's or sierras in my life!!! In the USA is Ciara pronounced like Sierra?!" Dec. 9, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Ciara. We originally pronounced it "sierra". She has red hair and actually has a great grandmother 100 Irish. Problem is we didn't do our homework and now i am second guessing pronouncing it this way. Many in the African American commnity are naming daughters Ciara, perhaps because of its Irish meaning? I am all mixed!" Jul. 2, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "hi my name is cierra and not disrespect the irish but , yes i say it like see-air-ra im from america so thats how i say it sorry but i like my name and thats how hi want to say it" May. 3, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "there NO correct version, and its NOT disrespectful to call it See-air-a because my name is ciara and thats the way I say it, there many versions and in many dialects." Dec. 25, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ciara is my name. I live in Ireland and it is sooo common I think it sounds pretty though! Mines is pronounced the Irish way of course but I get slatted by the lion king way alot hah!" Aug. 15, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Ciara but we pronounce it Kiar-ra. Like liar but with a C. This way of pronouncing it means 'black' apparently which is nice in itself as she is the total contrast because she is white blonde." Jun. 10, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "1. ciara 2.Keerah 3.seeairuh 4.Keeareahs 5.seeara" Dec. 3, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "People have their own opinions on how it is spelt and pronouced, there is not right or wrong way of spelling or pronouncing it, it is up to the individual, though I prefer the sound see-air-ra as Ci is pronouced SEE not where people pronouce it KEER-RAH out of it.If you pronounce it the way it is spelt u get CI-AR-A" Jul. 22, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is ciara and my mom almosttttttt spelled my name seeairuh. wow, and shes a doctor. but i was names after the perfume, yay me?" Jun. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ciara but it is pronounced See-are-uh. So many people say it wrong and the worst is when people say sierra, a's don't make an "eh" sound unless there is an i AFTER it!" May. 29, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "well my friend spells it this way but pronounces it see-air-ah not keey-rah" May. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "it's my name! it's grand in ireland, but the second you get out of it, you got trouble. funniest was when i was making a booking over the phone in LA "my name's ciara; c-i-a-r-a" turned up, the tickets were under anita!" May. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am Irish and can speak Irish and it does mean 'dark' or 'black'. And in this country we pronounce kee-a-rah. It so popular.. Definitely one of the top 10 names here. 3 in my class alone." Apr. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "ciara, whwer i come from in ireland, is pronounced to rhyme with tiara" Apr. 16, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I get called Cara,Gara,See-air-uh. People hardly ever ask me how do they say my name. It has only been since i have been living in England. The Americas get it really wrong." Nov. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My mum called me Ciara because there were not many about but when I started a new school at 11 their were 5 Ciara's in my class all spelt the same way so I wasn't original anymore" Sep. 17, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "this is my name and nobody says it right ever and i have blonde hair and green eyes so i dont really fit the description" Aug. 22, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Ciara, hoping to marry the Irish and Italian heritage she has. No one seems able to pronounce it with the Celtic pronunciation - Keerah - and we have version of Sierra, Siarra, Keearah, etc. Depending on how you pronounce the name, you may find yourself constantly correcting people, or second guessing your decision. Also - the meaning is confusing for some - especially when the baby comes out with blonde hair and blue eyes!" Jul. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am pregnant and I am half italian and irish.I am naming my baby'siddle name Ciara which I did research on how to pronounce it.It is however,an irish name and is pronounced kee a rah.In the italian version it is spelt chiarra or chiara." May. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ciara and i'm irish.Ciara is Pronounced KEER ah.It Comes from the gaelic/celtic word kier meaning "dark" or "black"." Mar. 29, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "When I first saw this name, i thought it was pronounced similar to how you pronounce "Keira" [keeh-rah], but I've since heard it pronounced like "Sierra" [see-eh-ruh]." Mar. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Little niece's Name Is Ciara And She Is Bad As Heck.But I Love Her." Mar. 11, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's an Italian name and usually spelt 'Chiara' (pronounced 'kee-uh-ra'). Very modern and extremely popular in recent years." Mar. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ciara, and everyone pronounces it wrong, there 11 different variant forms, and you can believe ive been called every single one of them. i like my name though because ive never seen or met another ciara. and everyone knows me for me cause theres only one" Feb. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Ciara and I'm from Scotland where many people spell or say my name wrong. my parents are irish and love the name they say it suits my dark hair and eyes. ive grown to like my name because its is unique!!" Dec. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "hi my daughter is called ciara(ki-y-raa)nobody seems to be able 2 pronounce it correctly.i found it when i was pregnant in was the name that a Japanese/Irish family had named their baby n i just thought it was different." Jul. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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