[ 3 syll. kia-ra, ki-ara ] The baby girl name Kiara is pronounced Kiy-AA-R-aa- †. Kiara is of Celtic origin and it is used mainly in English. The name was first made known when the hit song This Time (1988) was released by the R&B duo Kiara and Shanice Wilson. It was further promoted as the name of King Simba's daughter in the animated film The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998).
Kiara is a variation (English) of Chiara (English and Italian).
Kiara is also a variation (English) of Ciara (English, Gaelic, and Irish).
Kiara has 14 variations. Variations of the name include Keara, Keearra, Keyara, Keyera, Kiaira, Kiarra, Kieara, Kiearah, Kiearra, Kiera, Kierra, Kyara, and Kyera. Another English variation is the shortening Ki.
The origin and thus the meaning of Kiara is inherited by all variant forms.
Kiara is rather popular as a baby girl name. The name's popularity grew from the 1980s up to the 1990s; before that, it was of only very modest use. At the peak of its usage in 1999, 0.207% of baby girls were named Kiara. It was #78 in rank then. The baby name has experienced a decline in popularity since then. In 2018, it ranked at #336 with a usage of 0.052%, but it was nevertheless the most popular out of all girl names in its family. Kiara was thrice as popular as the subsequent ranked name, Kiera, in 2018. Kiara has primarily been a baby girl name, although in the last century it has also been used for boys. In 1989, 24 times as many baby girls than boys were given the name Kiara.
Baby names that sound like Kiara include Kyara, Kairi, Kallirroe, Kaori, Kaoru, Kery, Kerye, Kiriah, Kishori, Kokoro, Kyrie, Kyry, Caree, Cassarah, Chiara, Ciara, Coreah, Curreah, Quesare, and Xxavier.
† Pronunciation for Kiara: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)"