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I think this is the only good spelling of this name but Ciara is next up in line.
Janessa2542  4/5/2021
2
One of my FAVORITE girl names of all time, and I LOVE that it also has a beautiful, serene mountain range after this name!
MythicalCreature  3/9/2021
0
Sierra Nevada is a brand of beer.
noisynora  2/12/2021
0
I actually prefer the Ciara spelling. The only problem is that Ciara has multiple different pronunciations so Sierra would prevent that.
ciara23  1/30/2021
1
The word Sierra also means "saw" in Spanish.
liyahaa  1/21/2021
0
Sierra Nevada is a mountain range in the region of Andalucía, in the province of Granada and, a little further, Málaga and Almería in Spain.
liyahaa  1/21/2021
3
It’s pretty.
Amy.B  1/12/2021
3
Uncommon, but not unheard of (at least where I live)
― Anonymous User  1/8/2021
-1
Very overused.
noisynora  12/22/2020
4
I love that this is a nature-inspired name. Who doesn't love the striking look of jagged, saw-tooth mountains?
― Anonymous User  8/21/2020
3
I love the name and the meaning. I have always loved mountains too.
Anders1234  7/11/2020
4
It’s pretty.
saturnbrat  6/20/2020
6
I love this name so much! Sounds like beautiful mountains to the ears.
nylonpanda  10/28/2019
3
Sierra Deaton is a singer who's part of the pop vocal band Alex & Sierra.
wh0sbad  7/8/2019
3
I like this spelling way more than the Ciara spelling because it's prettier and you don't have to worry about people mispronouncing your name. Ciara has a few different pronunciations.
Luvbug86  1/30/2019
4
My name is Sierra and I love my name. I was born on October 26, 2005 at 10:26. If your name is Sierra, be proud of your name and you are beautiful. I have lost my mother and it is hard without her but I have my dad, Juli (dad's girlfriend), my brother, and my little sister and I am happy that they are my family. Be proud of your name.
― Anonymous User  10/18/2018
2
It's so pretty and has a great flow to it.
saffyjune_  9/27/2018
-1
It's okay, I guess.
kayisforkeen  9/20/2018
0
Sierra is a great name.
37119188  9/10/2018
2
I think "Sierra" is a very BEAUTIFUL name because I am named after my grandma.
― Anonymous User  9/7/2018
8
I named my youngest daughter Sierra without any research being done. My reason was because I grew up in Sacramento and everything that was green and pretty attracted me as a young child. And yes every street, school and function had Sierra as a name. So I loved the opportunity to name my daughter Sierra and remember the few things that were beautiful to me. I love you Sierra Elena.
Alwaysmyforever13  7/4/2018
0
I love this name, and you don't hear it very often! I prefer the h ending though.
Kitandkat  3/26/2018
3
It's weird, I think this spelling is prettier than the Ciara spelling. But I would still spell it Ciara. I think it's because most of the girls I met spelled it like Ciara.
― Anonymous User  2/23/2018
0
My name is Sierra but spelled differently. My mom made up the spelling of my name she said when she was in the hospital waiting to deliver me she heard the name on tv and fell in love with it and she knew there were places, vehicles, and pop with that name so she wanted it to be unique so she spelled my name Syera. Is there anyone else in the world with their name spelled like that?
Sjagusch  11/21/2017
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My best friend's name is that but it is spelled Siarah. Which is much prettier.
I think Sierra or Cierra are not as pretty as Siarah, so Sierra, its meh but Siarah, I think that is beautiful, the pronunciation is also beautiful.
― Anonymous User  10/19/2017
3
My name is Sierra. And I love my beautiful, fabulous name. Anyways, I just love my name because I think it is beautiful.
― Anonymous User  8/28/2017
1
Sierra Marjory Boggess is an American theater actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Christine Daae in The Phantom of the Opera. Sierra has been involved in several productions of The Phantom of the Opera since 2006 and has also played the role of Ariel in "The Little Mermaid" on Broadway.
cutenose  5/10/2017
1
I like its meaning.
Nature-names are my favourite theme together with Mythology. But... I strongly dislike the sound!
It seems cruel and rough, maybe it is because of the "rr" sound or because in Italian it is similar to "siero" (serum) that reminds me of syringes (I'm afraid with them also when I do vaccines and blood samples).
Felie  1/25/2017
0
I have a family member with the spelling of Syera which I had never seen it spelled that way before, very unique and very often mispronounced. Very pretty name though.
Steven Ross  1/8/2017
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I honestly don't like the name. I always associate it with this girl named Sierra Worthington. She had stringy brown hair and had terrible personal hygiene. Her breath was simply awful and she wouldn't leave me ALONE. I always had to be her partner for projects, and I ALWAYS ended up doing all the work. I'm sure not all people that are named Sierra are like this, but that's my personal impression of the name.
LovelaceGenevieve  1/7/2017
0
My name is Sierra and my middle name is Snow. I was born in 1980 and I hated the name as a child. Perhaps my dislike of my name was due to attending Sierra Avenue school- kids can be cruel. NOW at 35 I can say I love my name, I am very proud of who I am. Looking at some of the comments above it's clear to me there are people who don't love who they are so they try to hurt others to build themselves up or perhaps they have crossed paths with a Sierra and Sierra put them in their place.
Scorpio80  11/16/2016
2
I really like this name. It is soft and lovely, and sounds really nice paired with "Rain", as some previous comments have mentioned. The fact that it's the name of the mountain range adds to its beauty for me, because our family used to go on camping trips in the Sierras and I have many fond and lovely memories of them.
― Anonymous User  8/23/2016
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It's a word, not a name.
Buneary  6/10/2016
6
In my experience, the individual bearer gives meaning to the name (and this is true for every name). It seems a lot of people's impressions of names are influenced by the people they meet (with the name in question, or one similar). What I'm saying is, if you're on this website looking for baby names, don't just choose something because it is or isn't popular, or because a few people got a bad impression of it. The name means something different to you. And there will always be someone who hates the name.
As for my personal opinion, I have noticed that Sierra is neither common nor uncommon- I've heard of a few, and met one. I think it's kind of cute, and it could definitely age with a girl. But it sounds more like a middle name to me. Never got the 'trashy' impression from this one.
― Anonymous User  1/26/2016
3
Very pretty! Never would have thought of using this name before but I like it. It's similar to Sarah but a bit different, not in a bad way either!
― Anonymous User  11/7/2015
0
Sierra Boggess is a beautiful singer and stage actress, and so that sort of made me form an opinion about this name. I think it's beautiful! It's feminine, elegant, gentle, intelligent, sexy, and purely beautiful. Sierra Boggess is a wonderful inspiration to me, and she is AMAZING in Love Never Dies and especially the 25th anniversary of The Phantom of the Opera :)
AmyNikita  3/4/2015
2
To me, it is a pretty name with a lovely meaning. Yes, it is a modern name, which does not automatically make it "bad" (or "good") It suggests mountains... What could be more beautiful than that? I would definitely consider naming my own daughter Sierra.
linden-tree-murmur  2/20/2015
0
Twin for SIENNA.
Sabertooth  10/7/2014
2
My name is Sierra Rain, meaning mountain rain, I love my name. When I was born, this name wasn't even in the baby books. My mother named me after the mountain range. I am proud of it! I am a very strong, kind, sweet, amazing person that everyone loves to death! So please, don't bag on this name, it truly means true beauty and strength, just like the mountains. Please keep my name and all the other Sierras out there a beautiful name!
siesieradgirl  9/16/2014
0
Well, my name is Sierra. I love the name, but can never find it on anything that has names on it! Lol. But either way, it's an amazing name.. #biased_a_little.
SierraPayne21  7/19/2014
2
I think this name is gorgeous. It's something a little different and makes me think of a beautiful, strong girl. It is modern but at the same time classy. I hope to give my first daughter this name if I still love it as much when the time comes.
caitlinjade  5/27/2014
2
I really like this name, and not because it's my name, but because of the meaning, and the sound/look. I am very proud to be a Sierra because it reminds me of nature, and it is a pretty name. Sierra is really elegant and pretty uncommon. I have only known a few Sierras in my life. If my name was not Sierra, I would defiantly name my child that. I never have been made fun of, so if you want to name your child Sierra but don't want your child to be made fun of, I would choose it. Really pretty middle names for Sierra are Sierra Elizabeth (my name), and I also like Sierra Rose. Sierra is my favorite name!
silverstar  5/23/2014
3
I understand that all of you have your opinions, but I would like to state that, since some people seem to find Sierra's stupid, my name is Sierra and I am two grades ahead in math.
― Anonymous User  5/20/2014
2
I have a Sierra and she is fair, and mild natured, very funny and feminine. She is a lover of art and theater and literature. It's a beautiful name and she seems to have a mountain range of interests and a deep love of nature and things of God.
― Anonymous User  12/6/2013
0
It is a pretty name, but I just don't like it, I don't know why. It doesn't give me a good feeling and it doesn't seem like a real name to me. Don't get me wrong, it is pretty.
― Anonymous User  6/3/2013
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Sierra is a legitimate Spanish first name, but is very rare. It is a Marian name, given in honour of la Virgen de la Sierra who is venerated in the city of Cabra, in Cordoba, Spain. According to Spain's INE (Instituto Nacional de Estadística), there are 345 women in Spain called Sierra, most of whom live in the province of Cordoba. The compound name María Sierra also has some use. The fact that Sierra means "saw (tool)" in Spanish (as well as mountain range) has probably hindered its popularity. Also note that according to the INE the average age of a woman named Sierra in Spain is 64.4, suggesting the name is considered rather old-fashioned.

American use of this name probably stems from the Sierra Nevada, a mountain range in California and Nevada, or other place names that begin with Sierra.

Sierra is also a fairly common Spanish surname.
― Anonymous User  2/17/2013
2
This name is rare to hear in England (where I am from). I think it is a lovely name and it sounds very pretty and unique. I also think it will age very well on a woman. Love it!
MissMagical  12/30/2012
2
I genuinely do love this name; it's so pretty. Even if it is after a mountain range, for some reason it reminds me of jewels. However, my friend has a spoiled cousin with this name, and that is the only down-side of this lovely, stunning name in my opinion.
StarMoon  12/29/2012
2
Sierra is the name of an Active in the tv series Dollhouse by Joss Whedon. Her real name is Priya Tsetsang and she is named after the code for the letter S in the NATO phonetic alphabet.
― Anonymous User  2/17/2012
-5
The first thought that enters into the abyss of my mind, is that of the United States lemon-lime soft drink "Sierra Mist," by PepsiCo. (Outside of the country, you may know it as 7-Up-- which we also have.)

Having said that... posters above: you are not in the right to dictate what people say of 'your' name. A large purpose for BehindTheName's existence is to share personal opinions-- to give insight to potential parents regarding what their son or daughter may face.
Each one of us is in possession of a name, and each one of us have read both splendid and less-than-amusing comments; that is how it goes; either build a mental resistance or give a wide berth.

Personally, I despise the name "Sierra." I merely feel that it is very default, very generic... it greatly lacks professional qualities, as well as being pretentious-, pompous-, uneducated-, and infantile-sounding. It is terribly pageant-baby-- certainly not the definition of brains.
The manic accumulation of spelling-variants cannot save "Sierra," for it is neither attractive to the eye or to the ear.
Francesca  1/30/2012
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In Russian, the name Sierra is written as Сьерра.
― Anonymous User  8/27/2011
1
I find Sierra a gorgeous name, which can stand for:
Sexy/sweet/super
Intelligent/interesting
Exciting/elegant/enjoyable
Radiant/random
Rambunctious/royal
Amazing/awesome/always-there
― Anonymous User  8/4/2011
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I absolutely love this name, of course, since it is my name! It's a strong, independent, beautiful name. No one at my school has this name and I think I've only met one other Sierra in my life. My name also means, "nature's beauty", and for all you out there calling my name "white trash", well, you can all back off because I am very proud of having this name. I love being a Sierra!
blondieboo629  7/7/2011
0
The meaning is neat--like the Sierras. But I don't really like the name.
Joy12  5/7/2011
2
Sierra Boggess is an actress known for her parts in theatre productions such as Phantom of the Opera, The Little Mermaid, and Love Never Dies.
AmandaLeigh88  2/26/2011
2
This name is amazing. It's my best friends name so anybody who has this name is totally cool, but not as cool as her. I had to talk myself out of not putting this comment under "famous bearer' you know you are all jealous.

Lol. But in all seriousness, it's a pretty cool name, especially with the middle name Rain, and I'm not just saying this because it's my friend's name!
kelly1994_2013  12/17/2010
2
I love it, gives me a strong and independent feeling. Which is precisely what a woman should be!
Rain_In_Night  11/21/2009
2
I like the way this name is pronounced, it's nice to say and it doesn't sound frilly. The meaning (mountain range) would and should be very appreciated by any of the bearers of this name. It means you're tough but beautiful, as are mountains. I have a good friend called Sierra - whom I would rather have as more than a friend but never mind that - and it suits her personality perfectly. This name is very beautiful, definitely my favorite.
― Anonymous User  6/12/2009
0
You people who think this name's ugly, you need to back off! This is my name, and I'm nothing like what most of you have said.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2009
1
"Sierra" is also the code word for the letter "S" in the NATO phonetic alphabet.
FMRadio  3/3/2009
2
Sierra Mikain, bearer of the Moon Rune in Suikoden.
Jilliacrates  9/16/2008
0
I'm not a big fan of this name it makes me think of Sierra Mist, you know the soda. And this little girl my sister used to play with. Personally I like the 's' spelling better than the 'c' spelling but I've never been a fan of weird spellings (the exception being Gillian and Jillian I like both versions fine.)
sixblackroses  9/6/2008
-7
I think this "name" is white trash. And don't get me started on the misspellings. I really hate it. Choose something else.
bananarama  7/17/2008
6
This is my name, not 'white trash' as you say!
shadowhunter  9/16/2015
6
This name is not "white trash." To bananarama: you seem to use the term "white trash" to describe many names. This is racist and if I were you I'd work on that.
― Anonymous User  11/23/2010
8
Please consider the feelings of the people who have this name, it's my name, my mother proudly gave it to me, I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world, it describes a person who is tough, yet beautiful, they can be elegant, they are always caring and loving, even toward an enemy, and would do anything for friends or family, please do not call my name white trash, I assure you it's not.
Curlytop78  6/16/2009
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This is one of my least favorite names of all. I definitely would not want to go through life being named after a mountain range. I remember the first time I heard this name as a child, and I made fun of it.
― Anonymous User  6/20/2008
0
I don't like it. It makes me think of Sierra Leone, which I've heard is a very poor country. I don't find it very pretty either.
slight night shiver  5/7/2008
4
To all those people above who said that Sierra was a "unique" name, listen to this: 2,416 baby girls named Sierra were born in 2006, making it the 141 most popular name for girls that year, and that's not counting all the Ciaras (1,582) and Cierras (514). It is not a unique name, people!
― Anonymous User  8/3/2007
0
This is one of my all time favorite names besides Sophia! I like the combo Sierra Kate.
skylar_22  6/25/2007
1
The famous Mountain Ranges "Sierra Nevada" In California.
Rockos_Modern_Life_1  4/30/2007
2
Are we all forgetting that Country Sierra Leone?
― Anonymous User  4/8/2007
2
I much prefer this spelling to Ciera. And I'd imagine people find the way it's spelt easier to pronounce, what with all of the Keira's and Kiera's and Ciara's about. :)
Skye x  2/10/2007
0
This is such a beautiful name. Pretty and elegant, rolls off the tongue nicely and not an overly popular name.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2006
1
It's beautiful. I love that name. It's very unique. I love it.
― Anonymous User  2/1/2006
0
This is a beautiful name. I like the Romani spelling of it (Syierra). It looks so odd but cool.
ezy_lou  12/10/2005
-3
Sierra is a beautiful and unique name. People who have this name are fiercely protective of the people that they love. Friendship is held in high regard, and betrayal cuts deep. They like to be respected, and most of all, they like to be loved.
― Anonymous User  11/29/2005
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This is a beautiful and unique name! But I'd like to spell it Cierrah.
Tbird  6/27/2005

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