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What does Selena mean?

Selena /se-le-na/ as a girls' name is pronounced sa-LEEN-ah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Selena is "the moon".

From Selene. The name also possibly derives from Celia or the French name Marceline. Mythology: Selena was the moon goddess, sister to Helios, the sun, and companion to the names Diana and Cynthia. Late Latin pop singer Selena.

Associated with: greek, moon, mythology, goddess, sun (star)


Selena has 29 variants: Caleen, Caleena, Calina, Celene, Celenia, Celie, Celina, Celinda, Celine, Cellina, Celyna, Saleena, Salena, Salina, Sela, Selene, Selenia, Selenna, Selenna, Selia, Selie, Selina, Selinda, Seline, Selyna, Selyne, Sena, Syleena and Sylena.

Affiliated girl names: Zelenia and Celena.

Selena has 5 more alternative forms via Celia, Cynthia, Diana, Marceline: Cele, Deana, Deanna, Deeana and Dena.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Silena, Sylna, ..

(male) Seledy, Seleeno, ..

How popular is Selena?

Selena is a very prominent first name for women (#815 out of 4276, Top 19%) but an unusual surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Selena for girls. Selena reached its peak position of #91 in the U.S. in the year 1995, and is currently at #346. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Selena name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Selena outside U.S.

Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Selena and corresponding names. Prominent related forms of Selena (#346 the previous year) rated in the Top 2000 are Cele, Celena, Celene, Celia (#788 the previous year), Celie, Celina (#1267), Celine (#714), Cynthia (#491), Deana, Deanna (#1105), Dena, Diana (#297), Marceline (#1523), Salena, Salina, Selene (#1247), Selina (#1047) and Sena. These relations of Selena reached the top of their popularity in the 1950s (usage of 2.06%) and have become significantly less popular since (usage 0.21%, down 90%). Diana has been the top favorite, though Celine has become popular as well, while forms such as Selina are now less popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Selena, Cele, Celena, Celene, Celia in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Celie, Celina, Celine, Cynthia, Deana in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Deanna, Dena, Diana, Marceline, Salena in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Salina, Selene, Selina, Sena in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Selena outside U.S.

Similar Names


Selena is alike in pronunciation to Ceilena, Celeena, Celinna, Solana, Solina, Sylina, Xylina, Xylona, Zelaina, Zelenya, Zelina, Zelleana and Zylina. Other suggested similar names are Alena, Allena, Arlena, Belona, Colena, Dalena, Deena, Delena, Delene, Delina, Elena, Felina, Galena, Geena, Helana, Heleena, Helen, Helena, Jalena, Jeena, Julena, Keena, Melana, Meleana, Melesa, Melina, Melvena, Neena, Olena, Orlena, Regena, Saleema, Salima, Sarena, Seana, Seanna, Sebina, Seema, Selbea (see Selby), Selda, Selma, Selmah, Seneca, Seneka, Serena, Serina, Shaleena, Shalene, Sheena, Shelanna, Shena, Siena, Sirena, Solenne, Soline, Stevena, Suellen, Suelyn, Syrena, Talena, Terena and Yelena. These names tend to be less frequently used than Selena.