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Tia means “to love” in Malagasy the language used in Madagascar.
Tia315  4/21/2019
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My name is Tia Rooney (given at birth) I am from the Island of Jamaica also where they have the Tia Maria Coffee Liqueur. I used to get teased a lot in school about the Coffee Liqueur but grew to love the name & coffee. I am the only Tia I know and I love that! I think my name depicts a smart, bold, courteous, loving, kind and helpful person. I was born in 1977.
TheTiaRooney  3/20/2019
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This is too short and cutesy to me.
― Anonymous User  10/24/2018
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My first name is Tatiana but I go by Tia. I feel like Tia suits me a little better because it sounds more fresh / modern. The only problem is... when I tell people I go by Tia, a few people somehow distort it in their minds and call me Tatia (I guess "Tati" in a name is uncommon so it leaves a strong impression?). Other than that Tatiana complication, the name Tia carries this effortlessly cool yet strong vibe which is great- especially when it comes to meeting new people. For the people who get it right the first time (which is the majority thank god), never forget my name! I personally also just think that any name that starts with "T" is refreshing and different, hence the easy to remember bit.
98kiddo  9/6/2018
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Hello. My birth name is Theresa Marie. When a cousin was learning to speak she called me Tia. Now 60 years young, I always love this name. I have some friends who call me Gia, another calls me Tia Mia, another calls me Mia. Love It!

I am a blessed, beautiful being, bubbly, vivacious, full of life. Met several people named Tia, surprisingly, most of them are African American and given the name at birth. My name is shortened from my birthname; however it suits my personality!

I have one child, named Marco Alexander. Marco was the epidural name. Lol. Alexander was my mentor. We are both strong, stubborn, opinionated, valid, street smarts individuals.

Go forward in life, never look back! Thank you.
Tiamia1014  7/21/2018
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I like the name Tia. It sounds delicate and pretty in my opinion. I have never known anyone called Tia, but in 'The Chocolate Box Girls' series by Cathy Cassidy, Summer's best friend is called Tia. All in all, Tia is cute! I would definitely name my daughter this (if I have one).
BeccyLeader2  4/26/2018
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My name is Tia, I was born in 1972, I have yet to meet someone who was born with this name before 1972. I’m not referring to nicknames, I’m talking legitimately named on a birth certificate. Am I the oldest living female with this birth given name “Tia”?
Creolebae  3/28/2018
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My name is Tia Marie and I was born in 1957, which makes me 60 years old. I was named after an Italian actress from a western movie in the 1950's, by my mother. I am older than the Jamaican liquor Tia Maria. I've met one Greek Thea, several Italian-American Tia's, one Japanese Tia and one Tia named after the same 1950's movie.
tia tia  2/20/2018
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My full name is TiaJean Francella W, born 1962.
Tialuvia14  1/22/2018
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A simple 3 letter name, like Amy and Zoe. Maybe a sweet name for a pet.
― Anonymous User  12/6/2017
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My name is Tia and I was born in 1999. My grandmother named me because the show Sister, Sister was on in my hospital room. I HATE the nick-name T-T-T-Tia! Like... I'm not a chia pet! BUT I love the origins of it. I feel my personality fits the name just right! I didn't meet another Tia until 8th grade, there were 2. Now I'm in college and they're all over the place! My grandmomma was spot on!
TiaElizabeth  10/25/2017
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My name is Tia Maree. Born June 1973. I have only just come to realise the origin of my name. I have heard all the puns towards my name being an alcoholic beverage but I don't care. I love it and I have never actually met another Tia so I guess I am unique. Thank you everyone for the information.
Mummyme  8/10/2017
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Adorable name! But I think it's best as a nickname for
Tiana
Tiara
Tina
Tilley.
Tatumarore  3/24/2017
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Tia Ballard is an American voice actress affiliated with Funimation. Some of her notable roles are Kusano from Sekirei, Rin Ogata in Rideback, Mizore Shirayuki from Rosario + Vampire, and Happy from Fairy Tail. Ballard grew up in Paris, Texas. She was inspired to get into voice acting when she attended an anime convention, seeing the panel of voice actors, and learned that Funimation was only two hours from her hometown. In college, she was a participant in the Disney College Program, after which she changed her major to theatre. She completed an associate degree from Paris Junior College with an emphasis on Theatre and Art.
cutenose  2/18/2017
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My name is Tia and my middle is Lashon. My name originated from the Quechuan word "Tiauatl" dating back over the centuries.
TiaLaShon  9/26/2016
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My first name is Tia and I was born in 1956.
My name was derived from the Greek name Stamatia taken from my grandfather whose name was Stamatis.
Tia1956  6/29/2016
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The name Tia was given to 211 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/14/2016
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I am named Tia and it is awesome. Haters back off.
Tia weiss  5/19/2016
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My name is Tia and honestly I think it's cute. It shows a lot of personality and yes I'm short and petite and it just works. I've never met anyone with my name but I hope that the people that do have it feel special. For the people saying that it's weird that it means aunt, lol why? And also, yes it's true, I do get called t-t-t- Tia many times. I guess it's just part of having an awesome name :D.
Tia Mariaxx  2/9/2016
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My name is Tia-Maria, born 1961 and until now have not come across anyone else with the same extension to the name until I came across this website. Being called Tia-Maria has had its ups and downs, specially as I lived in Latin America for the best part of my youth and the joke was I was everyone's aunt who wasn't their aunt. It taught me how to laugh and not take myself too seriously. Everyone calls me Tia and they hardly ever forget my name, especially after I tell them to remember the coffee liquor ;) To date nobody has ever insinuated it is an ugly name. On the contrary. These days, as I understand, it is also quite a popular Greek name.
Tiiukka  2/6/2016
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I think Tia is a nice name. I do not understand all the negative comments. I love the movie Escape to Witch Mountain. I like the fact that the name is simple but still has some pizazz. Mia is so common. I think Tia makes for a more exciting alternative to the overused Mia. I substitute taught a little girl who had an extremely long name-11 letters and getting her to write her name was extremely challenging. That experience led me toward short simple but elegant names like Tia.
heatherfeather  12/21/2015
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My name is Tia. Mom got my name off of Escape to Witch Mountain. I like my name. Yeah I grew up chia pets. Lol ta ta Tia. Whatever.
tiarenee1979  9/28/2015
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I love this name. It's unique and beautiful.
iskv  9/15/2015
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I freaking love this name. Its so beautiful. Amazing. Graceful. Simple.
― Anonymous User  4/1/2015
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My name is Tia Maria and I have always hated it. I lived in Spain when I was young and was mocked for the translation "auntie", and when I moved back to England for high school and then work, everyone I have met has laughed and said I was named after alcohol. I love the Greek origin as I love the Greek gods, however I hate the name itself, it is not the drink that bothers me, it is the name Tia. I am changing my name through deed poll.
― Anonymous User  3/27/2015
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There is nothing wrong with the name Tia. I only can't stop thinking about the fact that it is the abbreviation of Transient Ischemic Attack (a kind of mini stroke).
Kaat5  3/15/2015
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I think this name is stunning, elegant, gorgeous and cute! ^^ It's so cool that there was an Ancient Egyptian princess who had this name!
― Anonymous User  9/23/2014
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I think the name Tia is beautiful. I know a very nice girl who is from Cyprus with this as her first name. Not very common, but I like it.
Jazzie2906  8/14/2014
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Good grief. I stumbled upon this mistakenly, though read on throughout the comments about the name Tia through interest and then registered myself. I like the name Tia. I also think that the meaning of it being Aunt in Spanish is beautiful. Especially if the Tia is an Aunt one day. Some people have put horrible comments on here. I don't see why. If you don't like the name, why look for it? Am having a little smile at Tia Maria, the drink. But I like that too. X.
kate1978  5/2/2014
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My first name. Used to despise it because everyone defaulted towards telling me my name means "aunt" in Spanish. Like I don't know that living in texas. For some reason, this ruined it for me. Even when I fired back that it actually means "Godess", it constantly degraded my feelings towards my name. Now I go by my middle name, but family and really close friends still use Tia, rather than my much longer middle name.
It's nice to compartmentalize my life like that in a way. And It's almost like I keep my truly 'god-like' nature hidden until I deem someone ready to see it.
stravi  4/14/2013
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I used to think this name was ok until I realised it sounds the exact same as the word 'tear' like you are crying... It's a shame because it's pretty.
Marisa500  3/29/2012
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This was my nickname in high school. I really like it, and people always told me that I looked like Tia from Sister, Sister, lol.
UniqueNameLover  10/6/2011
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I know a girl named Christina but everyone calls her Tia.
― Anonymous User  7/10/2010
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Beautiful.
― Anonymous User  11/11/2009
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TIA is an acronym which stands for Thanks In Advance. Otherwise this name is not my style at all.
― Anonymous User  10/25/2008
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Tia is a Greek name meaning 'Princess'. Derivatives: Tiana, Tianna

It is also a Japanese name derived from the word Tenshi, meaning 'Angel'.
Yunimori  8/28/2008
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I think that this is a gorgeous name for somebody petite or small. It also works if you have a long unpronounceable surname such as 'Clipplehoff', 'Windclopple' or similar.
sweetkit  7/3/2008
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In the Pirates of the Carribean films, there's a character named Tia Dalma. I believe that the Tia in her name does refer to its meaning as "aunt".
Pippin  4/15/2008
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This name is SO UGLY. Not only does it mean 'aunt' in Spanish, which makes it ridiculous, but it's short and cheap sounding. Awful.
― Anonymous User  11/20/2007
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My name is Tia and I was born in 1961. As another poster said, I too hated my name until I grew older. Now I love it because it is different. My middle name is Renee and several years ago I found out that there is another Tia Renee who lives in Ohio. As the years go by I hear of more and more people with the name Tia, although I personally have never met a Tia who was older than me. As far as the anonymous poster who said Tia is a cheap and ugly name, you sound like sour grapes. All I can say is haters gonna hate. I bet your name is Jane or something simple.
TiaRenee  7/10/2013
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Tia Carrere is a gorgeous actress.
― Anonymous User  10/27/2007
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Tia could be short for Tiara or Tiana.
― Anonymous User  7/11/2007
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Also used as a feminine name in Slovenia.
earthnut  7/3/2007
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It is NOT a Slovene name. It's only a modern name used beacuse parents want to be fancy by using foreign names.
― Anonymous User  12/14/2007
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No offense to anyone, but I don't really like this name because it makes me think of Cha Cha Chia! I wouldn't want a name that reminds me of a plant where you can grow hair on Homer Simpson.
flipflops5  3/3/2007
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I think this name is quite pretty. It reminds me of someone who is smart yet beautiful.
ellahcooper2495  2/10/2007
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My name is Tia (Short for Titania) but my brother was almost named Ramses so it would've been really ironic and funny if he had because ancient Ramses' sister's name was Tia, which means Princess. And I kind of like the nickname, "Ta-ta-ta-Tia!" :)
ace_vixen  1/29/2007
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I saw a girl named Tia Lauren and thought that it sounded pretty.
― Anonymous User  7/14/2006
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Tia is also ancient Egyptian and means "princess".
Missy  3/6/2006
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My given name is Tia. I hated it until I finally grew up. My mother was influenced by the movie, "Escape to Witch Mountain." The worst thing about it is the nickname T-T-T-Tia.
― Anonymous User  1/2/2006
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I was surprised to see this name used in the novel "Wide Sargasso Sea," written by Jean Rhys. The novel is set in the late 18th/early 19th century.
sarahj  11/27/2005
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Tia Mowry is the name of one of the twins from the Disney Channel.
― Anonymous User  10/15/2005
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I named my daughter Tia after my friend who's name is Tia and she was born in 1947. She was given the name Tia as a nickname for Patricia, her grandmother who was of Celtic origin. I did some research on the name Tia and read that it is of Greek, Egyptian and Hebrew origin. Yes, it also a Spanish language meaning for Aunt, albeit is of Greek, Egyptian and Hebrew origin.

The Egyptian origin sites say King Ramses sister was named Tia and the name means princess.

The Hebrew origin reads that Tia was a nickname for the name Tamara who was the daughter-in-law of Judah. Tia was also a nickname for Tamar who was the daughter of David.

From the Greek origin Tia means Goddess or Godly. Tia was an abbreviation for names like Althea and Dorothea. The Mythological Thea was the Greek Goddess of Light, Mother of the Sun, Moon and Dawn. Therefore, the name Tia dates back to ancient times.
terisears  9/25/2005
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I began using the name Tia professionally in my music career as a short form of my name Tania, especially because nobody could pronounce or spell my name correctly, and I was told that technically my name could also be Tatiana, so I took it from there. Now I don't have problems with mispronunciation or spelling!
basschickgoddess  4/25/2005
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The oldest reference I have been able to find anywhere is the use of "Tia" by Alexander Key as one of the two main characters in his 1968 novel Escape to Witch Mountain, which was made into a passable movie by Disney in 1975. Now, I read in an interview with Key sometime in the early 1970’s that he simply made up the name out of whole cloth, without any Earthly genesis at all, because the whole point was that he wanted an alien name (the two children in the novel are not human, they are extra-terrestrials with psionic powers, marooned on Earth as infants and unaware of their heritage). This puts the name "Tia" (as far as I am aware) in a totally different category than, for example my birth name of Barbara. I was personally so impressed with the eldritch and otherworldly nature of the name "Tia" that I chose it for my professional name before I was out of my teens. My career may not have amounted to much, but for the first ten years I used it, I was the only one! I note from your web site that the name was virtually unheard of in the U.S. until the 1970’s... perhaps this is why... nobody used it until Key made it up!
tiaparker  1/30/2005
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Though I am sure that Alexander Key invented the name independently for _Escape to Witch Mountain_, Tia was already in regular use in 1957, so there were earlier derivations of the name than his character.
clevelandkentevans  9/22/2005

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