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Gender: F Meaning of Serena: "tranquil, serene" Origin of Serena: Latin Serena's Popularity in 2013: #411

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Serena, a name used since Roman times, was given fresh life by tennis star Williams, and then again with the leading character on Gossip Girl, Serena van der Woodsen. There have also been Serenas on soap operas and other show s from Bewitched to Law & Order.

And pre-TV, there was the damsel in Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queen and Serena Merle in Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady.

Serena sounds as calm and tranquil as its meaning implies.

Famous People Named Serena

Serena Williams, American tennis player, sister to Venus Williams
Serena Altschul, American broadcast journalist
Serena Ortolani, Italian volleyball player
Serena Geraghty, supermodel
Serena Rae, daughter of "Korn" bassist Reginald Arvizu

Pop Culture References for the Name Serena

Serena Celia van der Woodsen, central character on Gossip Girl
Serena, a 2013 film starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper
Serena Butler, from the Legends of Dune series
Serena Southerlyn, a District Attorney in Law & Order
Serena Baldwin, in General Hospital and Port Charles
Serena, the civilian identity of the protagonist in "Sailor Moon"
Dr. Serena Warren, young resident doctor in TV Show Miami Medical
Serena, a Pokemon character and a playable character in the Pokemon X and Y games
Serena Bishop, from Australian TV soap "Neighbours"

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