[ 3 syll. (s)ha-ki-ra, sh-ak-ira ] The baby girl name Shakira is pronounced -SHaa-KIH-R-aa- †. Shakira's origin and use are both in the Arabic language. It is derived from the word shakir with the meaning 'thankful'. The name has in recent times been made famous by the Latin singer Shakira (1977-). Shakira is the feminine version of the Arabic Shakir.
The name Shakira is widely used; it has 29 forms. Forms of the name include Shaakira, Shacora, Shak, Shaka, Shakarah, Shakeara, Shakeera, Shakeerah, Shakeeria, Shakeira, Shakera, Shakeria, Shakeyra, Shakiera, Shakierra, Shakir, Shakirah, Shakirat, Shakirea, Shakirra, Shakora, Shakura, Shakuria, Shakyra, Shaquira, Sheira, Shekiera, and Shikira. The spelling variant Zshakira (Arabic) is a foreign form.
See also the related form, the Arabic Shukriyya.
Shakira is a rare baby girl name. At the modest peak of its usage in 2002, 0.026% of baby girls were named Shakira. It was #536 in rank then. The baby name has fallen from favor since then, and is currently used only on an infrequent scale. Out of all girl names in its family, Shakira was nevertheless the most popular in 2018.
Baby names that sound like Shakira include Sagara, Sagheerah, Saghirah, Sagira, Saheera, Sahira, Sahirah, Sakarah, Sakaree, Sakarey, Sakari, Sakarie, Sakarree, Sakarri, Sakarrie, Sakkarah, Sakura, Sakurah, Sarahi, and Saree.
† English pronunciation for Shakira: SH as in "she (SH.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; K as in "key (K.IY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)"
Details of famous persons named Shakira:
Celebrity Relative Shakira Caine, born Shakira Baksh 23 February 1947, Guyana.
Singer Shakira, born Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll 2 February 1977, Barranquilla, Colombia.