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Gender: Female Meaning of Selene: "moon goddess" Origin of Selene: Greek Selene's Popularity in 2017: #917

The name Selene is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "moon goddess". Selene is ranked #917 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Mythology Girl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

Selene may be the mythological Greek original, but Latin variation Selena is used 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, and is one of the loveliest of the Greek goddess names.

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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
Selene Here Vigil-Wilk, American singer of band 7 Year Bitch

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
Selene Waites, character in "Another Thing to Fall" by Laura Lippman

"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]
"Selene" song by Imagine Dragons


jtucker Says:


I love the name Selene. It has an ethereal vibe.

Selene Woolf Says:


Hey that's my name 😉😂

potterhead140 Says:


I think this name has a beautiful meaning, moon goddess. I think it's more graceful than Selena, and also more elegant. Honestly though I would only use this name as a middle name to maybe, Luna or Nora.