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Gender: Female Meaning of Seraphina: "ardent; fiery" Origin of Seraphina: Hebrew

The name Seraphina is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "ardent; fiery". Seraphina and is often added to lists like Badass Princess Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

Seraphina is one of the most-searched name on Nameberry, destined for even greater popularity. The highest-ranking angels, the six-winged seraphim, inspired the lovely name Seraphina, which was brought into the contemporary spotlight when chosen by high-profile parents Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck for their second daughter, following the influential choice of Violet for their first.

Latinate version Serafina is also getting some attention; the name is enjoying a style revival thanks to the current taste for strong, old-fashioned, yet elaborately feminine names. Seraphina has much in common with top choices Isabella, Sophia, and Olivia, and we predict it could be within the U.S. Top 100 in the next decade.

A variation, Seraphita, is the eponymous heroine of a Balzac novel.

For now, Seraphina remains a beautiful, distinctive choice. Other name ideas if you like Seraphina: Raphaela, Angelica, Serena, and Sabrina.

Find other names based on Seraphina using our baby name generator.

Famous People Named Seraphina

Seraphina Sforza, beatified Italian nun
Seraphina Watts, daughter of drummer Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones
Seraphina Rose Elizabeth "Sera" Affleck (b. 2009), daughter of actors Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck

Pop Culture References for the name Seraphina

Seraphina Dombegh, main character in Rachel Hartman's 'Seraphina'
Seraphina "Sera," main character in 'Unremembered' by Jessica Brody
Seraphina and Angelica Arthuret, "the Vestal of Fair-ladies" in Sir Walter Scott's 'Redgauntlet' (1824)
Seraphina Tiffany, daughter of Mr and Mrs Tiffany in Anna Cora Mowatt's mid-19th-century comedy 'Fashion' (1845)
Seraphina, heroine of Jemmy Lirriper's tale in 'Mrs Lirriper's Lodgings and Legacy' (1864) by Charles Dickens
"Seraphina," 1809 novel by Caroline Burney
Seraphina, cat from the movie 'Barbie and the Princess and the Pauper'
Seraphina, main character in Barbara Cartland's book The Frightened Bride
Seraphina, vampire in Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton
Seraphina, Queen of Mouseland in the Angelina Ballerina children's book series
Seraphina Grace "Saffy" Blythe, character from the novel The distant hours, by Kate Morton
Seraphina Picquery, character in J.K. Rowling's "Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry" and "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"
Seraphina de Miromara, character from the "Water Fire Saga" book series.

Serophine, Serofina, Seraphin, Seraphita, Serafine, Seraphe, Serapia, Fina, Sarafina

Seraphina's International Variations

Fimochka, Sima, Seraphima, Fima (Russian) Séraphine (French) Serafina (Spanish)

Comments

RoseFlower Says:

2018-04-23T23:57:05

Going to call my little girl Ashton Seraphina Phillips - Ashie for short <3 I think it's beautiful!

cheesy-biscuit Says:

2018-04-20T15:51:20

I always imagine twin girls called Seraphina and Aurora. Me and my little sister play games with a pet unicorns called Silver and Seraphina (Seer-a)

alikrea Says:

2017-12-30T06:16:50

I like the sound of this name, but it means "fiery serpent" in Hebrew... not sure about the snake association!

Dev80 Says:

2017-10-03T10:51:41

Some friends of mine named their daughter Seraphina, they call her Finn for short.

scblovesnames Says:

2017-06-04T21:48:40

This name is still pretty to me.

Miri Says:

2017-04-04T21:55:07

I'm surprised not a lot of parents go for this name.

ashleyisabellalaaaa Says:

2017-01-13T23:49:23

My younger sisters first name is Seraphina Rose and she loves the name (credit to me). Although when she was little she couldn't pronounce it

paulapuddephatt Says:

2017-01-08T22:55:22

Stunning

coolcumber Says:

2016-12-31T01:01:35

It's certainly not common, but I do think it's getting a lot of attention that it didn't have before. However, I wrote this comment two years ago and can firmly say that I definitely like the attention now, as it does remedy some of the aforementioned problems :)

Fluffykitten101 Says:

2016-11-06T17:40:47

I remember adoring this name when I was younger. Though I don't understand why everyone is labelling it 'trendy' and 'overused' but it isn't in the Top 1000! Perhaps it is a liked name on this website but I have yet to meet a Seraphina. I also love the less syllable heavy Seraphine, especially for middles.

Fluffykitten101 Says:

2016-11-06T17:35:54

It really does! Funny you say that, because the name Sera on its own means princess!

Fluffykitten101 Says:

2016-11-06T17:33:46

You have such a lovely name. How is your name popular? It's not even in the top 1000.

whatchamacallit Says:

2016-11-05T03:14:14

I wonder if Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is going to cause this name to become super popular.... I really like it but I can see it catching on like Sophia and Josephine once it's entered pop culture.

cabosanmucus Says:

2016-10-22T17:42:57

I thank the good Lord that this isn't even in the Top 1000. Not anywhere near as overused as cousins like Sophia. The name's impression definitely lives up to its meaning.

kxlly0614 Says:

2016-08-24T13:43:07

This name is so pretty! I bet it's going to be on the charts in a few years :)

thesaltypeach Says:

2016-07-22T10:32:50

Gorgeous but I wouldn't use it, only because she would undoubtedly end up as Sera. I know soooo many Sarahs and I hate the name so much. It's a shame because Seraphina is perfect.

Howieport Says:

2016-06-01T12:02:47

Actually, Nala's mom was named Sarafina. Close, but not exactly.

MommaMcguire Says:

2016-06-01T07:51:43

Been considering this name for a potential daughter. I believe the first time I've heard it was in The Lion King, as Nala's mother. It's always sounded pretty, and I'm pretty glad I remembered it. The name also reminds me of an aunt who passed away not too long ago. Would be a neat family tribute.

lyz426 Says:

2016-05-17T07:36:06

I think Effie and Sephie work. I think if you spell Raphy as Raffi it sounds much more feminine, but I understand that you prefer Raffi on a boy. I like the nickname Fin or Finnie.

You're right about the problem with nicknames. My name is Elizabeth and I have a ton of girly nicknames to choose from - Lizzie, Liz, Beth, Ellie, and Eliza (my nickname of choice). Seraphine, on the other hand, doesn't have any girly nicknames. I think that's part of the charm though. If the girl wants to have a girly name, she can be called Seraphina. If she decides that it's too long and princess-y, she can choose one of several nicknames that are more boy sounding (Raffie, Raf, Fin, Finnie) or more girl sounding (Effie, Sery, Sephy, Phina).

LostKid Says:

2016-04-30T17:10:30

Not really a fan, I don't get why it's so popular.

autumnreverie Says:

2016-02-09T07:59:02

I know a woman who used this as a middle name for her daughter. The first name is whimsical and the names together sound princess-y.

AlexxisLynn Says:

2015-12-13T12:20:43

Lovely! A wonderful name and a wonderful gift to a little girl. I like the fact that it's not common-I'm all about uncommon names.

Jen K Says:

2015-11-26T07:36:43

This is my daughter's middle name and I absolutely adore it. Tbh sometimes I wish I had saved it for a sibling but it just fits her fiery passionate personality so well.

Lola Says:

2015-11-06T03:20:13

I know someone name Sarafina. She goes by Finny and no one has a problem pronouncing it! (:

Bre Says:

2015-06-02T20:39:29

This is my youngest daughter's name. Everyone that hears it says it's beautiful and sounds like the name of a princess. We call her Fin for short and the name fits her perfectly. It is unique without being too far out there.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:

2015-05-20T22:00:56

I used to think this name was overrated but it's growing on me. I'm liking the combo Seraphina Josephine.

TheaFox Says:

2015-05-20T19:57:45

That's a beautiful name!

summersnow Says:

2015-05-14T18:54:19

I prefer the Serafina spelling. Also, even though I think long and flowery "princess" kinda names like this are gorgeous, I just don't find them to fit my style. Maybe as a middle though.

GirlyWhirly Says:

2015-05-14T18:09:37

I agree i dont love Sera or Raphy as a nn. I think Effie and Sephie would work. I also like Fia or Sia.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:

2015-04-26T10:18:39

An absolutely stunning name, but it seems to be gaining a huge amount of popularity in a relatively small amount of time. Which may lead me to consider its masculine version: Seraphion, for a boy.

scblovesnames Says:

2015-04-21T12:59:24

My name is Sarah, I'm quite loving this name after first Hating it. I don't however want my daughter to be Little Sera, I'd prefer Fina.

Essa Says:

2015-03-01T17:53:28

Love this name but it's a bit too long and flouncy for me to use without deciding on a nickname. My issue is that I just don't like any of the nicknames (that I can think of) as much as the original name.

Sera is quite nice but I just know I'd get really annoyed with people thinking her name was Sarah, it spelled different, it's pronounced different, they're different names! Raphy is ok but I definitely prefer it on a boy as a nickname for Raphael or Rafferty, plus I love the boys name Ralph, I definitely couldn't have a Ralph (perhaps affectionately called Ralphy) and a Raphy. That seems to only leave Phina which just lacks the girly, prettiness that Seraphina has.

I've considered Effie and Sephie, nicknames that I'd use for Persephone or Josephine. They're a bit more of a stretch though since neither sound (Ef or Seph) is actually found in Serphina. When you say it quickly though Sephie does sound like it could come from Seraphina.

What do you think? Do Effie and Sephie work? What about Saffy? What nickname would you choose for Seraphina?

ThistleThorn Says:

2015-02-17T22:54:00

This sounds like a princess:)

headintheclouds Says:

2015-02-01T06:55:14

Gorgeous name, though it is rather too flowery for me (odd because I like plenty of other such names like Cordelia, Leonidas... really depends with me I suppose). I think it's feminine while also being spunky and fiery, which is nice, and Seraphina has plenty of great nickname options from Sera, Phina, Seraphine, and all sorts of variant pet names. It's really a name you can make your own according to your own personality.

Kristen Says:

2014-12-14T17:49:46

It's my cat's name, and it fits her purrfectly!

tfzolghadr Says:

2014-10-19T15:55:20

A bit long, but absolutely gorgeous. It offers so many nicknames like Sera, Raph, Finn, Nana, Raphi, etc., that make the name more flexible. It's a name that would mature well, and is still quite obscure... A great choice if you want a feminine and unique, but not unknown, name.

elkey Says:

2014-09-18T01:53:09

One of my little sister's middle names!! So beautiful and elegant...

abril Says:

2014-09-07T17:54:33

I loved this name so much that it is going to be what I name my daughter! Seraphina Juliette <3

fuzzycub Says:

2014-09-04T00:24:55

It's a really nice name.

coolcumber Says:

2014-07-28T19:47:14

This is my name, and 90% of the time when I introduce myself, someone will say, "That's a beautiful name!" But no one can spell it, and people reading it for the first time can rarely pronounce it...I must admit I'm a little miffed that it's becoming so popular! I liked being unusual :P

faithnamer Says:

2014-07-22T01:21:40

I knew someone named Seraphina once! It's such a beautiful, graceful name that feels familiar, yet unique.

amf0224 Says:

2014-07-21T23:48:22

I love this name and have ever since I first came across it on Nameberry. Its pretty unique and such a beautiful name. I think this is one of my favorites now, and I have a pretty big list of favorites.

MaryKathryn Says:

2014-07-18T03:48:19

LOVE.

Guest Says:

2014-06-23T03:03:46

It's amazing how this name is so trendy yet not even in the Top 1000 haha

LadyVanRaven Says:

2014-04-08T07:56:06

Beautiful, soft but strong, feminine but can be tomboyish, it is a very versatile name. One of my never changing favorite girl names (which for me is saying a lot). Only thing that may bother some is the connection with the angels but I think that only adds to the loveliness that is Seraphina.

Sorceress Says:

2014-02-13T15:39:39

It's among my top 10! I have really big list, so this is true compliment.