Quick Facts on Sierra
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Characteristics of Sierra
Etymology & Historical Origin - Sierra
The name Sierra is the Spanish term for a mountain range, coming from the Latin word “serra” meaning ‘saw, jagged’ signifying their saw-toothed appearance. Sierra developed as a female given name in the United States, most notably in reference to the Sierra Nevada mountain range that straddles the California-Nevada borders and extends from California’s Central Valley 400 miles north to the Mount Shasta area. This magnificent mountain range features some of the most beautiful areas known on earth, including Yosemite Valley, Mt. Whitney and Lake Tahoe. The literal translation is ‘snowy mountains,’ from the Spanish “sierra” (a range of hills) and “nevado” meaning ‘snowy’ given the large amount of snowfall received by the range many months out of the year. Ironically, the name Sierra became popular first in the southern states (where there are hills rather than mountains) before gaining more widespread use in the west where the actual Sierra Nevadas are located.
Popularity of the Name Sierra
The name Sierra made her first appearance on the U.S. popularity charts in 1978. The name made a substantial 500 position jump on the charts in one single year (1985); although it’s not clear what may have influenced this sudden popularity. By 1993, Sierra was a Top 100 choice among American parents, a position she would hold for a little more than 10 years. Sierra fell off the Top 100 list in 2005, departing from the list as quickly as she came. This was a trendy name of the 1990s in particular, probably a favorite among the outdoorsy set. Some believe the sudden popularity of Sierra was helped influenced by Savannah and Sienna, similar sounding place names which also became fashionable. Sierra, Canyon, Echo…we picture all of these little girls with Subaru-driving, Labrador dog-owning, cross-country-skiing, tent-camping, extreme-hiking parents. Let’s face it, Sierra is a cool name for nature lovers.
Popularity of the Girl Name Sierra
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Sierra
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Sierra
Sierra We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Sierra.
Popular Songs on Sierra
Diamonds From Sierra Leone - a song by Kanye West
High Sierra - a song by Emmylou Harris
High Sierra - a song by Linda Ronstadt
Sierra - a song by Cursive
Sierra Sue - a song by Bing Crosby
Children's Books on the Baby Name Sierra
Sierra (Diane Siebert) - Sweeping landscapes and a songlike poem "celebrate nature with awe and respect," said PW about this tribute to the majesty of the Sierra Nevada. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Sierra's Steeplechase (Joanna Campbell) - After every trainer at Whitebrook Farm gives up on Sierra, Samantha and her jockey friend Tor attempt to train him for steeplechasing, but Tor is injured before Sierra's first race and Samantha must ride the rebellious herself. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Sierra: Spirit of the Cimarron (Kathleen Duey) - Adventure, drama, wild horses running free. The American West is brought to life through the eyes of the horses who were there in a new program of books inspired by Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, the 2002 film. Sierra is a feisty young filly when natural disaster separates her from her herd of free horses. Alone and struggling to survive in the harsh elements, she encounters another horse who leads her to a Lakota encampment. But can Sierra find a place with them without sacrificing her freedom and independence? Recommended for ages 9-12.
Famous People Named Sierra
Famous People Named Sierra - Sierra Boggess (actress/singer); Sierra Noble (singer/songwriter)
Children of Famous People Named Sierra
Famous People who Named their Daughter Sierra - Brooke Burke (TV personality); Josh Hamilton (baseball player); Kurt Warner (football player)
Sierra - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Sierra - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Sierra.
Personality of the Girl Name Sierra
The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth". Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.
Variations of the Baby Name - Sierra