In Irish Gaelic, Ciara is pronounced /KEE uh ra/, or like Keera. It's a modern form of the name Ciar, which was the name of an early saint. Ciar means "black." In modern American usage, Ciara, pronounced /see-AIR-a/ is one of the many trendy knock-off forms of Sierra/Sienna/Kierra/Siarra etc. Pronounced /see-AHR-a/, It was invented in the 1960s for use as the name of a perfume. The perfume makers roughly based the name on Ceres, the Roman goddess of fertility/harvest.
See Also: Kiara, Qiara, Kiera, Sierra, Cierra

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