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What does Selena mean?

Selena Pronunciation of 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.

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

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

(male) Seledy, Seleeno, ..

Middle name pairings:
Selena Aspyn (S.A.), ..

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)

Selena reached its peak position of #91 in the U.S. in the year 1995, and is currently at #321. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent related forms of Selena (#321 the previous year) rated in the Top 2000 are Cele, Celena, Celene, Celia (#858 the previous year), Celie, Celina (#1361), Celine (#824), Cynthia (#538), Deana, Deanna (#1198), Dena, Diana (#295), Marceline (#1657), Salena, Salina, Selene (#1175), Selina (#1140) 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%).

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, Celine 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.

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