Kira is the Russian feminine form of Cyrus, the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Kyros, the Greek form of Persian Kurush of unknown meaning and origin. Several possible meanings have been attributed to it, however, such as “far-sighted”, “young”, “sun”, “hero”, “one who bestows care”, and “humiliator of the enemy in verbal contest” from Elamite, an extinct language that was once spoken in present day Iran. The name has also possibly been associated with Greek kyrios meaning “lord”, the feminine form of which is Greek kurá κυρά meaning “lady, mistress”. Kira could also be a variant spelling of Irish Ciara, the feminine form of Ciar meaning “black, dark” derived from a PIE root word.
Kira is also a Japanese unisex name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:
- kira 煌 “bright; glittering; gleaming”;
- ki 吉 “good luck” + ra 良 “good, pleasing, skilled” (吉良);
- ki 綺 “figured cloth; beautiful” + ra 羅 “gauze; thin silk” (綺羅);
- kira キラis also written in katakana which is used for foreign names or words of foreign origin
Written in hiragana it’s きら. There are other meanings depending on the kanji used.
Origin: Ancient Persian, Elamite, Proto-Indo-European, Japanese
- Kir (Russian)