KEE-rah / KEER-a Ray of light, Shine, Ruler of people.


Kira is a female given name and is of Russian origin. It means ray of light, Shine, Ruler of people. Pronounced as KEE-rah / KEER-a, the name is currently in the top 100 of NameChef Most Popular Baby Names and in the top 500 of U.S birth chart of the year 2022. Variations of Kira include Keira, Kiera, Kyra.

Kira is a name with multiple origins and meanings. In Russian, Kira is the feminine form of the masculine name Kir, meaning "ruler, leader of people, beloved". Kira also might be the feminine form of the masculine name Kiran of Hindi and Sanskrit origin that means "ray of light". Kira in Egyption and Persian is derived as “like Ra (god of the sun)”. Kira happened to be an Anglicized name of Ciara, which means "dark-haired" in Irish. Kira is also a common name in Japan, and kira kira means "glittery and shiny".




Kira is a girl's name.


Keira, Kiera, Kyra


KEE-rah / KEER-a (Listen)



The rank of Kira in the United States over time

Source: Social Security Administration

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