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Gender: F Meaning of Selene: "moon goddess" Origin of Selene: Greek

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Selene may be the mythological Greek original, but Latin variation Selena is used four times more often in the US these days. Selene is the Greek goddess of the moon, sister of Helios the sun god. Selene is also sometimes called Cynthia and Phoebe. The name may be related to the word selas, which means light.

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Famous People Named Selene

Cleopatra Selene II, the daughter of Cleopatra VII and Mark Antony and twin sister of Alexander Helios (note that Helios and Selene are Greek for "sun" and "moon," respectively)

Pop Culture References for the Name Selene

Greek mythology: a goddess of the moon. Greek selene "moon" (Lesbian selanna) is from selas "light, brightness (of heavenly bodies)."
Selene, Kate Beckinsale's character, a Death Dealer, in the Underwold movie franchise

The birth name of Cinder, main character of Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles book series.

"The heathenish given name of this young woman was pronounced as Say-lay-nay by herself and her father; Aaron later compromised as Say-lane; most people, including the Bois missionaries, called her See-lean. That it was an appellation of the swift moon goddess (something that Aaron never knew and Selene may not have known) was not too unsuitable." [Sinclair Lewis, "The God-seeker," 1949]