[ 2 syll. nia, ni-a ] The baby girl name Nia is pronounced NIY-aa- †. Nia has its origins in the Celtic and African-Swahili languages, and it is used largely in English, African, Irish, Swahili, and Welsh. African-Swahili origin, African, English, Irish, Swahili, and Welsh use: It is derived literally from the word nia with the meaning 'aim, purpose'.
In addition, Nia is a derivative (English) of the Scottish Neilina.
Nia is also a shortening (African, English, Swahili, and Welsh) of the English and Irish Niamh.
Nia is fairly popular as a baby name for girls. The name grew in popularity from the 1980s up to the 2000s. At the modest height of its usage in 2001, 0.052% of baby girls were named Nia. It ranked at #309 then. The baby name has since dropped in popularity. In 2016, it ranked at #438 with a usage of 0.038%, but it was nevertheless the most commonly used within all girl names in its group.
† Pronunciation for Nia: N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"
A famous person named Nia is Nia Vardalos, Actress, born Antonia Eugenia Vardalos, 24 September 1962, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.