This name is a female given name and represents a variant of the (Italian) name Chiara, meaning "clear, bright, famous, illustrious", or of the (Irish) name Ciara, meaning “little dark one, black, dark". It is of Irish and Latin origin and comes from the following roots: (CIAR) and (CLÀRUS). Saint Cera of Ireland (alternately Kiara) was an abbess in the 7th century who died in 679. Her history is probably commingled with another Cera (alternately Ciar, Ciara) who lived in the 6th century. However, some authors maintain that monastic mistakes account for references to Cera in the 6th century or that a single Cera had an exceptionally long life span.