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Gender: Female Meaning of Selena: "moon goddess" Origin of Selena: Latinized variation of Greek Selene Selena's Popularity in 2017: #243

The name Selena is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "moon goddess". Selena is ranked #243 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Vintage Girl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

From the experts:

Selena is smooth, shiny, and sensual, a nineteenth-century name that found new life in the Latino community, following the biopic of slain Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla, starring Jennifer Lopez. But you don't have to be Latin to love Selena, which is both distinctive yet in step with stylish modern names such as Seraphina and Celia.

Young Disney channel favorite Selena Gomez, former star of The Wizards of Waverly Place and current pop singer, was named after Selena Quintanilla. Selina Kyle is the secret identity of Catwoman.

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Famous People Named Selena

Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, American singer.
Selena Marie Gomez, American actress and singer.
Selena Li Sze-wan, Hong Kong-Canadian actress.
Selena Roberts, American sportswriter.
Selena Royle, American actress.
Selena Steele, American dancer and actress.
Selena Tan, Singaporean actress.
Selena Hamilton, dancer from Project 21.

Pop Culture References for the name Selena

Selena Lua, character in Kresley Cole's "The Arcana Chronicles"
Selena, character in the movie "28 Days Later"
Selena Ramos, character in Lifetime's "The Client List"
Selena Coombs, character from TV series "American Gothic"
Selena, character from the video game 'Fire Emblem Fates"

Selena's International Variations

Cela, Celek, Celina, Cesia (Polish) Célina, Céline (French) Selia, Celena, Selene (Greek) Celinka (Italian)


Daiseymae Says:


I love this name! It is so sweet and feminine sounding.

formalfish Says:


Or Sena!

Miri Says:


Love the meaning, but not the name itself.

Jinxgirl Says:


Selena is very pretty, nice meaning, sensual. Lena or Sela are good nicknames

Addie88 Says:


Um... Selena was popular with the Latino community and wider community well before she was killed and then had a movie made about her... Love this name, but I like the spelling Celina better.

pam Says:


The Veep character is also Selina -- which always feels to me as if it should be pronounced sel-eye-na.

eveyalecia Says:


I prefer Selena over Selene, though if I were using the latter I prefer the Celine spelling.

(Catwoman's name is spelled Selina, btw.)

wavygirl Says:


I love Celine and Selene.

BeaSobreira Says:


I prefer Selene!

Guest Says:


Just found out yesterday that this is my grandma's middle name. I might have to consider this one day (I prefer Céline though)

laluna Says:


I love "night" names and this is my favorite one out of them. It'll be my daughter's name.