Comments for the name Ciara

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My cousin is called Ciara, said Key-a-ra but I've also heard it pronounced key-ar-rar. I think Key-a-ra is the nicest.
-- Melissa_14  10/27/2005
This is my name. I love it, it was also my great grandma's name. I pronounce it ki-ar-a.
-- Anonymous User  1/19/2006
It's funny that it's pronounced kee-air-a when I pronounce it like sierra. It's actually really irritating when people try to pronounce it kee-air-a.
-- ciara_xx  2/10/2006
I think it can be pronounced in many ways. Ki-ar-a (if you're looking for an Italian thing going on), see-ara-a (if you want to spell it like a Portuguese, Brazilian or Spanish would do). It depends on who's using it. I, personally, love that name pronounced see-ara-a because I would only spell it ki-ar-a if it was written Chiara.
-- Mary-Rach  3/2/2006
It is pronounced key-ar-ah It irritates me to no end when I hear people pronounce it si-air-ah (it would be spelled Sierra if you were to say it this way). Sierra is a Spanish name; Ciara is Irish! That's why it is pronounced key-ar-ah; it is the feminine form of Ciaran which is prnounced either key-ar-on or keer-on. It is definitely not an Italian name and it certainly wouldn't be spelled Chiara. It is too beautiful a name to be butchered like this.
-- Anonymous User  3/23/2006
This is an Irish name. The "ciar" prefix is pronounced "keer." Therefore, this name is pronounced KEER-uh. It is not pronounced key-AIR-uh, nor is it pronounced see-AIR-uh. It is KEER-uh, and there is no way around it.
-- Melusine  5/2/2006
American pronunciation (even though I'm not American but I know this anyway) is Si-E-Ra.
-- bellaboo  10/29/2006
It SHOULD be pronounced as KEER-ah as it comes from the name Ciaran, which is pronounced KEER-en. However, this name is commonly mispronounced & misspelled. If you want SEE-air-ah, please use Sierra and if you want KEY-air-ah, please use Chiara.

These misconceptions are probably why people avoid this spelling, Kiera / Keira are easier alternatives as Kyra can sometimes be as well, although the latter may also be pronounced KY-rah.
-- Anonymous User  12/22/2006
"KEER-a"? The native Irish pronunciation is "KEE-a-ra"; it should be spelled "Kira" if it's pronounced "KEER-a".

Ciara and Kira have different origins: Kira is a Russian feminine form of the Greek/Persian Cyrus, which is means "sun" or "far-sighted" while Ciara is derived from "ciar", which means "dusky" or "dark" in Gaelic; their sounds are similar but their meanings are opposites. And then there's Italian Chiara, which is an Italian form of Clara; Clara means "clear".

Counfounded English pronunciation.! As a Gaelic learner, I can't stand hearing this lovely name being mangled into "Sierra", a totally unrelated name.
-- gaelruadh19  1/28/2007
Ciara is one of the most popular names for girls here in Ireland at the moment. I know many women and girls called Ciara, including my own six year old niece, and I have only ever heard it pronounced as Keer-ah. The masculine form of the name, Ciaran, is pronounced Keer-ran. Unfortunately Keira is becoming an alternative spelling of the name in Ireland, mainly due to certain celebrities having that name and also due a lack of knowledge about the spelling of Irish names.
-- Shanid  3/11/2007
Seeing as I'm Irish and actually called Ciara, I had to comment on the proper Irish version of this name. :-)

First, it's not 'Key-Rah' or 'Keer-Ah', it's 'Kir-Ah' ('Kir' to rhyme with 'Fear' and 'Ah' to rhyme with 'Da', with no stop between the 'Kir' and the 'Ah' ). So that it's pronounced 'Kirah'. The 'Kir' bit is slightly elongated as well. I hope that makes sense because when I read the comments, I actually didn't find any that made that point. I think when you see 'Keer' written it looks like it should be 'Kee-Rah' ('Kee' to rhyme with 'Key' and 'Rah' to rhyme with 'Da') which is wrong.

Also in response to Anonymous, I've never in my entire life heard of a Ciara nicknamed Kiki. Not even once and I know other Ciaras and as I said, am Irish myself. In fact the only time I've ever heard of the name Kiki was as an American nickname or as the name of a cat. No offense meant! There is no set nickname for Ciara as such in Ireland. It's whatever your friends call you: Ciar, Ciars. Anything really. :-)

In reference to the whole Ciara / Sierra thing. I think it's a case of a name being made up and spelt as it sounds, as happens sometimes in America. Such as: Mykil instead of Michael etc.

The thing with the proper Irish name Ciara is that words aren't spelt how they are pronounced in the Irish language and there is actually no K in the alphabet, hence the hard C. So that's why it's hard for people who aren't Irish to know how to say it!
-- Anonymous User  4/15/2007
Si-ah-rah/Sierra is the proper pronunciation in English, because a c in front of a soft wovel is pronounced like an s. Like anonymous said, however, is this not the case with the Irish language. So to all you people "not understanding" how anyone can mispronounce this name, it really isn't that obvious to a non-Irish-speaker.

Then again, all languages put their own spin to all names without any version being wrong. It's not wrong, it's not right - it's just different.
-- Tango  10/2/2007
How many Irish people have to say in these comments that the native Irish pronunciation is Keer-a before people get it?

It's not Key-re, Key-are-a, Key-air-a, Sierra or anything else. In native Irish tounge it is Keer-a.

I might be wrong about this but I'm pretty sure that in Irish when two vowels come together, only the first is pronounced: I. E Ciara = Keer-a, Siobhán = Shi-von not Si-o-von, Orlaith = Or-la not Or-lat.
-- Clodagh  8/22/2008
I was given the name via a perfume from Revlon, and I've heard it pronounced differently SO many times- like sarah or sierra, kara, key-ah-ra, see-ah-ra, see-ay-ray, ugh. Sierra and see-ah-ra are the two most common ones people say to me- my parents call me see-ar-ra, but I personally like kee-ra, which is what I understand to be the correct way to say it. I find it not only more true to the name Ciara, but more pretty and simple than the three-syllable versions.
When I meet people, I usually note that they can say my name however they like- including Clara. It's something you've got to get used to!
-- ciaralvb  4/5/2009
The original pronunciation IS and ALWAYS WILL BE KEER-ah, Where are people getting KEE-ar-ah from? That's just a bastardized pronunciation. Besides, you don't pronounce Ciarda, Ciardha CEE-ar-dah, do you? No! It's KEER-dah. Anyways, both Ciarda and Ciara are lovely names, with the right pronunciation that is.
-- Anonymous User  4/18/2009
The reason there are a few ways of pronouncing it is because there are different dialects of Irish - for example a lot of Irish names in the Munster dialect have an extra syllable eg Seán, Niamh etc.
That said, pronunciation See-air-ah is not Irish at all.
-- Anonymous User  4/2/2012
Coming from Irish heritage, I've always pronounced it "kee-ar-a", but the first two syllables merged into a mixture of "keer" and "kee-ar".

I personally have no idea when the pronunciation "see-air-a" came from.
-- IAmAl  4/16/2013

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