Sierra Name Meaning & Origin

Sierra

Pronunciation: see-EHR-ə (key)

Origin of the name Sierra:

Taken from the name of the Sierra mountain range which is derived from the Spanish sierra (mountain).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Cierra, Ciara

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Comments and insights on the name Sierra: | Edit

Sierra means "mountain" in Spanish. It is not related to the name Ciara, despite being its homophone.

Actually "Ciara" phonetically cannot be pronounced "Sierra"
-->Okay, but the singer does pronounce it that way.

Sierra is S in the NATO phonetic alphabet

Personal experiences with the name Sierra: | Edit

Sierra does mean Mountain and Saw, it is originated from the term "saw" due to high populations of lumberjacks in the mountainous regions and their use of the tool.

When my husband and I were first married we had friends who had a daughter named Misty Dawn. My husband told me that if we ever had a daughter he wanted to name her Sierra Dawn, for a mountain sunrise. Three years later, while stationed in Spain with the Air Force I gave birth to 5 lb 5 oz Sierra Dawn. The doctor that delivered her asked her name. When I told him, Sierra Dawn, for a mountain sunrise he quipped, |"I think you just made a mountain out of a molehill!". Of course our Spanish friends thought we were crazy naming our daughter "Saw" and so called her Sarah! and my great aunt who was hard of hearing called her Sahara. The Filipino women at her first day care called her Si-Sarah because they couldn't say the double R's . She is now 33 and has a son named John!

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My name is Sadie and I live in Vacaville, CA. In Vacaville alone I know like four Sierra's. I really like one of their names thought. They spelt Sierra, Siara and her middle name is Corrine. I thought it's a really beautiful name, Siara Corrine

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My name is Alexis and I actually have a twin named Sierra. I think it's a lovely name.

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I am the first born out of 3 children. While my mom was pregnant she thought I was a boy so she was going to name me after my father's favorite singer "Jim Morrison". So my name was supposed to be "Morrison Lee... whatever". When i was born and they found out otherwise, they just randomly chose Sierra because they thought it was a pretty name. I'm just lucky my mom didn't name me "Saw" because she was watching a "Saw" movie in the delivery room. No word of a liemail

My name is Sierra Grace, my parents also wanted to name me Sierra Dawn after the Dawn of a new day, my original birth certificate said Sierra Dawn but was changed to Sierra Grace. Grace after my great grandmother. I have always loved my name being when I was growing up I was the only Sierra. Growing up I lived in many towns in California, I was born in 1983 in a small town of Bishop Ca. Right in the heart of the great Sierra Nevada mountain range. I was not raised in the town but I have live here for the last 10+ years. When I moved back as an adult I have come to realize that there are many other Sierra's to follow in my footsteps, some having different spelling but there are others alot of them.
Not like when I was a young girl.

Nicknames for Sierra: | Edit

CeCe/SeSe
Sis
Arrah
Se
Ra Ra

Meanings and history of the name Sierra: | Edit

Sierra's original meaning is "saw" in Spanish. The word has then been used to describe mountain ranges, due to the sawtooth appearance of the peaks. Examples include the Sierra Nevada and the Sierra Madre. In California, "The Sierras" refers to the Sierra Nevada and the vast natural beauty contained therein, in such famous places as Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park.

Famous real-life people named Sierra: | Edit

Sierra Boggess, American actress and soprano singer
Sierra McCormick, American child actress

Sierra in song, story & screen: | Edit

Sierra is the name of one of the Dolls in the television series Dollhouse. The dolls are mindwiped and have no personalities except what is needed for a specific mission, but Sierra seems sweet and friendly and is often used for military missions.

Sierra is the name of the little girl in the song of the same name by Cursive.

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