Meaning: Black, dark
Alternate spellings: Kira, Kiera, Kierra
Want your daughter’s name to pay tribute to black, the most love-it-or-hate-it color of all time, but don’t want to go the medieval “Karen the Black” route? Try Keira instead. The female version of Irish Kieran, a name that means “black, dark,” Keira says it all. Besides, Irish girls’ names are the new black. We have Keira Knightley to thank for her name’s rise to power today. In 2000, Keira first entered the charts at #949. In 2006, it peaked at #110. We’re willing to bet our last gold doubloon that the first two Pirates of the Caribbean movies had something to do with the jump.
By The Numbers
U.S. Rank by Year
Rank of Similar Names in 2008