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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, daughter of Cleopatra and Mark Antony, twin sister of Alexander Helios (Helios and Selene are Greek for "sun" and "moon," respectively)
Selene Luna, Mexican actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Selene

Selene, character in the Underworld movie franchise
Selene Gallio, villain in X-Men comics
Selene, birth name of Cinder, main character of Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles series
Selene, sabre-toothed tiger on TV series "Cro"
Selene Lindstrom, character in Isaac Asimov's novel "The Gods Themselves"
Selene, alias used by Lanfear in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time 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]