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Quick Facts on Serena

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 411
Simple meaning:
Peaceful, calm

Characteristics of Serena

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Serena

Serena is a female given name borne from the English adjective “serene” from the Latin “serenus” meaning “peaceful, tranquil, calm, clear” (used initially to describe the weather and later became an adjective applied to persons). As a masculine name, Serenus dates back to the classical era as evidenced by a little known 4th century saint, Serenus the Gardener, who was martyred for his Christian beliefs (after he chastised the wife of a Roman Guard for trampling on his garden, she turned him into the authorities). As a female name, Serena dates back to at least the late 16th century. English poet Edmund Spenser used it in his literary masterpiece and allegorical poem “The Faerie Queene” (Book VI). Serena is a minor character, a knight’s lady, who learns the only way to overcome the Beast’s poisonous venom is through virtue, honesty and self-control (sounds like her name was not accidentally chosen by the author). Today the name Serena is used with light moderation in the United States, England, France and the Netherlands.

Popularity of the Name Serena

Serena can be found on the U.S. popularity charts as far back as the late 19th century. However, for 50 years (between 1910 and 1960), the name was pretty much forgotten and out of circulation. Serena resurfaced in the 1960s and rose to respectable levels of moderation where she remains today. The name saw its highest positions ever on the charts in the late 1990s up on up through the early 2000s. This may have been influenced by tennis player Serena Williams who was emerging as a phenomenal athlete around that time. In the first decade of the 21st century, usage of Serena may also have been inspired by one of the main characters in the “Gossip Girl” series named Serena van der Woodsen and played by Blake Lively (Serena represents the girl who “has it all”). Serena is an ethereally beautiful name and a lovely choice for any baby girl.
Popularity of the Girl Name Serena
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Serena

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Serena

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Serena

    Serena Van Der Woodsen (Gossip Girl) Serena Van Der Woodsen (Humphrey) is a major character in the Gossip Girl television series (where she is played by Blake Lively), itself adapted from the young adult series of novels . Serena is a privileged, pretty, independent and magnetic young woman who leads a charmed life. She is the on-again-off-again best friend of Blair Waldorf, as well as the on-again-off-again girlfriend of Dan Humphrey, who travels in a slightly lower class segment of their world. Serena’s unlikely but entertaining adventures take her from high school to college, from Manhattan to numerous locales abroad, and from modeling to marriage to murder, all while fashionably dressed in Tory Burch designs and the like. Some may ultimately call her vapid (cf. Janet Malcolm of The New Yorker for some snarky comments), but she is every teen-aged girl’s dream.

  • Popular Songs on Serena

    Popular Songs on Serena

    Oh Serena - a song by The Distillers

    Serena - a song by Duncan Sheik

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Serena

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Serena

    Gossip Girl (Cecily von Ziegesar) - Welcome to New York City's Upper East Side, where my friends and I live, go to school, play, and sleep--sometimes with each other. Serena is back from boarding school, and if we aren't careful, she's going to win over our teachers, wear that dress we couldn't fit into, steal our boyfriends' hearts, and basically ruin our lives in a major way. I'll be watching closely...You know you love me, gossip girl. Recommended for ages 13+

    On the Court with...Venus and Serena Williams (Matt Christopher & Glenn Stout) - Serena and Venus Williams have captured the attention of the tennis crowd. This title contains photographs, their statistics and a list of career highlights for the sisters. Recommended for ages 8-14.

    Serena the Salsa Fairy (Daisy Meadows) - Can Rachel and Kirsty help the Dance Fairies get their grooves back? The Dance Fairies' magic ribbons are missing! Without them, all kinds of dances are getting off on the wrong foot. Everyone is miserable, except for Jack Frost and his goblins. They have the ribbons…and it's up to Rachel and Kirsty to get them back! Wetherbury is having a fiesta! But without Serena the Salsa Fairy's magic ribbon, all of the fun will be ruined. Rachel and Kirsty can't let that happen! Find the magic ribbon in each book, and help keep the Dance Fairies on their toes! Recommended for ages 6-9.

    The Adventures of Tempest & Serena (Marty Mokler Banks) - Wild, brave Tempest wants summer to last forever. Her calm, timid sister, Serena, can't wait for the start of the new school year. On the first day, Tempest decides to skip fourth grade, seek adventure by using magic to sprout wings, and fly away to exotic places. As she waves good-bye, Serena promises to save her sister's seat on the bus. Will Tempest make it home? Can Serena keep her promise? As each sister battles bullies, disasters, and loneliness, they discover they're more alike than they know. The Adventures of Tempest & Serena is that rare mix: a suspenseful yet charming chapter book for ages 7 and up.

  • Famous People Named Serena

    Famous People Named Serena

    Famous People Named Serena - Serena Williams (tennis player); Serena Ryder (Canadian musician); Serena Deeb (wrestler); Serena Altschul (broadcast journalist)

  • Children of Famous People Named Serena

    Children of Famous People Named Serena

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Serena - Jean Reno (French actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Serena - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Serena - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Serena.

Personality of the Girl Name Serena

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Serena

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