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Quick Facts on Kira

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • American, Irish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 357
KEE-rah or KEER-a
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Kira

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Kira

Kira is a variant of the Irish name Ciara (pronounced KEER-a), which is the feminine of Ciar meaning “black”. Secondly, Kira is also considered the Russian feminine form of Cyrus, from the Greek (kyrios) meaning ‘lord’ therefore giving Kira the meaning ‘mistress, ruler’. Thirdly, the name could be a feminine form of Kiram, from Sanskrit meaning ‘beam of light’. In Greek, the word “κυρία” (Kyria) translates to ‘lady’ providing another possible origin. Lastly, in Japanese, Kira means ‘glittery, shining’. Most likely, though, for English speakers the name mutated from the Irish Ciara, a name often given to dark-haired girls. It’s interesting, however, that many of the Eastern-based languages show word origins for Kira having to do with light, shining or brightness – which gives Kira an overall balancing east-west, bright-dark, yin-yang quality.

Popularity of the Name Kira

The female name Kira first appeared on the U.S. popularity charts in 1969, but it wasn’t until the 1980s that the name really took hold of the charts placating itself with moderate usage. This multifaceted simple beauty is a name with many possible meanings and origins. It has never been trendy or overused, so it retains some originality. Although there are so many “K” names with similar sounds, Kira can get lost in the mix.
Popularity of the Girl Name Kira
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Kira

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Kira

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Kira

    Kira We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Kira.

  • Popular Songs on Kira

    Popular Songs on Kira

    Kira Doesn't Care About Anything, She's A Nihilist - a song by A Day At The Fair

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Kira

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Kira

    Gathering Blue (Lois Lowry) - Kira, newly orphaned and lame from birth, is taken from the turmoil of the village to live in the grand Council Edifice because of her skill at embroidery. There she is given the task of restoring the historical pictures sewn on the robe worn at the annual Ruin Song Gathering, a solemn day-long performance of the story of their world's past. Down the hall lives Thomas the Carver, a young boy who works on the intricate symbols carved on the Singer's staff, and a tiny girl who is being trained as the next Singer. Over the three artists hovers the menace of authority, seemingly kind but suffocating to their creativity, and the dark secret at the heart of the Ruin Song. With the help of a cheerful waif called Matt and his little dog, Kira at last finds the way to the plant that will allow her to create the missing color--blue--and, symbolically, to find the courage to shape the future by following her art wherever it may lead. With astonishing originality, Lowry has again created a vivid and unforgettable setting for this thrilling story that raises profound questions about the mystery of art, the importance of memory, and the centrality of love. Recommended for ages 13+.

    Kira-Kira (Cynthia Kadohata) - In Cynthia Kadohata's lively, lovely, funny and sad novel -- winner of the 2005 Newbery Medal -- the Japanese-American Takeshima family moves from Iowa to Georgia in the 1950s when Katie, the narrator, is just in kindergarten. Though her parents endure grueling conditions and impossible hours in the non-unionized poultry plant and hatchery where they work, they somehow manage to create a loving, stable home for their three children: Lynn, Katie, and Sammy. Katie's trust in, and admiration for, her older sister Lynn never falters, even when her sisterly advice doesn't seem to make sense. Lynn teaches her about everything from how the sky, the ocean, and people's eyes are special to the injustice of racial prejudice. The two girls dream of buying a house for the family someday and even save $100 in candy money: "Our other favorite book was Silas Marner. We were quite capitalistic and liked the idea of Silas keeping all that gold underneath the floorboards." When Lynn develops lymphoma, it's heartbreaking, but through the course of her worsening illness, Katie does her best to remember Lynn's "kira-kira" (glittery, shining) outlook on life. Small moments shine the brightest in this poignant story; told beautifully and lyrically in Katie's fresh, honest voice. Recommended for ages 11-14.

    Shadow of the Dragon: Kira (Kate O'Hearn) - Kira is almost 13 and, by law and at her parents' insistence, must be married by her birthday or be sent to prison. She is devastated as she secretly dreams of working with dragons, though she knows it's illegal. She goes for a walk, followed by her younger sister, Elspeth, who tends to shadow Kira's every move. While they are gone, their family is captured by Lord Dorcan, who believes that Kira's father has wronged him. Her father and brother are sent to the dragon army, a sister is imprisoned, and their mother is made a servant. Kira and Elspeth flee to a mountain where a rogue dragon lives, and Elspeth's powers with animals allow them to tame one of his offspring. The girls are befriended by a wizard who tells them of a prophecy that a girl with a dragon will bring down the king. The sisters and their brother Dane separately begin to bring about what the king fears most: the loss of his kingdom and power. The story alternates narratives between Kira and Dane, which serves to heighten the suspense as things race toward a confrontation. Recommended for ages 10-14.

  • Famous People Named Kira

    Famous People Named Kira

    Famous People Named Kira - Kira Davis (film producer); Kira Kener (pornographic actress); Kira Poutanen (Finnish writer); Kira Roessler (musician); Kira Skov (Danish singer); Kira Soltanovich (comedienne); Kira Yoshinaka (Japanese 17th century Master of Ceremonies); Kira Zvorykina (chess champion)

  • Children of Famous People Named Kira

    Children of Famous People Named Kira

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Kira - Gil Gerard (actor); Joey McIntyre (singer)

  • Historic Figures

    Kira - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Kira - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Kira.

Personality of the Girl Name Kira

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Kira

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