The Story of Your Name

My name is Kiara. I was named after an old record album that was found in my parent’s basement over 25 years ago. They really liked the musical group that performed the record, and they thought it was really pretty and meaningful. I, too, think it’s really pretty. Although it was pretty, my father and mother thought it was prophetic to the person I would become. Given that this word found on a record, they already thought that a word would write out a person's destiny they have not even met yet. Coincidence? I THINK NOT!!

Kiara (/kiˈɑːrə/ kee-AR-ə) is a female given name. It may be a variant of the Italian name Chiara, meaning "bright", or the Irish name Ciara, meaning "dark-haired" or the Hindi name Kiara meaning "God's precious gift". ‘Kiara’, means "to change or make a difference" in Swahili.

I am more than Kiara. I’m an educator, a sister, a woman, a lover, a friend, a leader, a dreamer, crazy, passionate, confidently lost, and nowhere close to being finished yet.

But, any who...what's in a name?

Do we go by definitions of certain languages and cultures? Or do we go by our accomplishments in our career? Do we simply feel a name doesn’t even matter because our experiences make us who we are, instead of measely words? What does your name mean to you?

Whatever your name may be, own it. Own it by what you do with your experiences, your accomplishments, and your own culture. Don’t reduce it down to one google definition or old story.

When someone says your name, what do you want people’s first thought to be? You are the sole creator of adding a story to your name. Be creative.


Kiara Byrd