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Gender: Female Meaning of Serena: "tranquil, serene" Origin of Serena: Latin Serena's Popularity in 2017: #414

The name Serena is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "tranquil, serene". Serena is ranked #414 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Vintage Girl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Adding Then Eliminating -- Girls Themed".

From the experts:

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 shows 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.

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

Famous People Named Serena

Serena Jameka Williams, American pro tennis player
Serena Altschul, American journalist
Serena Ortolani, Italian volleyball player
Serena Deeb, American pro wrestler
Serena Ryder, Canadian singer-songwriter

Pop Culture References for the name Serena

Serena Celia van der Woodsen, character in the "Gossip Girl" series
Serena Pemberton, main character in Ron Rash's "Serena" and 2013 film
Serena Butler, character in "Legends of Dune" series
Serena Southerlyn, character on TV's "Law & Order"
Serena Baldwin, character on American soaps "General Hospital" and "Port Charles"
Serena "Bunny" Tsukino, aka Sailor Moon, main character in anime "Sailor Moon"
Dr. Serena Warren, character on TV's "Miami Medical"
Serena, a main character in Pokemon X and Y
Serena Bishop, character on Australian TV soap "Neighbours"
Serena Campbell, character on British TV series "Holby City"
Serena Benson, Olivia's mother on TV's "Law & Order: SVU"
Serena Joy, the Commander's wife in Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale"
Serena, cousin of Samantha on TV's "Bewitched"
Serena, swan in E.B. White's "The Trumpet of the Swan"


Daiseymae Says:


Love that!

hannah111 Says:


I don't understand why this name isn't more popular! It's so charming and feminine!

SumiSum Says:


I do love it but it does remind me of an unkind person called Serena

iipostmvh Says:


That's a bit much, no? People seem to love this name. It's not my style, it's a little too soft for me, but I don't think it's horrible and Serena W. is a great namesake.

SumiSum Says:


ruined by a real b*tch

Daiseymae Says:


A stunningly beautiful name.

Miri Says:


Love this name!

Ceeeceee Says:


Well, cats are beautiful and sophisticated animals ;)

hermioneameliastyles Says:


I heard this name for the first time on Gossip Girl and loved it. This is number 5 on my favorite names list. I feel it is such a beautiful name for any girl to have.

Eleri Gwenllian Says:


Names don't get much prettier than this - it's almost irresistible!

georgiaO Says:


I love pokemon so this is beautiful lol

Pucko Says:


Sailor Moon anyone?

JessicaRK467 Says:


Beautiful Name...I love Serena Vivienne

Alicia1 Says:


Very pretty, underused name.

Saffron_Rice Says:


Breathtakingly beautiful.

SweetPraline Says:


Reminds me of Serena Van Der Woodsen from Gossip Girl. Serena just sounds like a rich white girl name.

Bobcat108 Says:


A friend named her daughter this...I'm guessing her Serena must be around 10 or so by now. I prefer Serenity, but like Serena as well.

thythy Says:


Perfectly beautiful.

MarieLalie Says:


It's the name of my cat, ahahaha! It's a very beautiful sophisticated name!

blanksuh Says:


It's Nostalgic and timeless

tori101 Says:


Serena has been growing on me so much, it's really pretty.

Hydra Says:


Meh. It's okay. NMS, but I can get the love for it.

Chicmommy Says:


Love it, definitely in the top running.

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Guest Says:


Always loved this name. It's so "serene" and pretty.

WashingtonQueen Says:


I named my daughter Serena. It is seriously the most beautiful name ever!

raevynstar Says:


This is so beautiful! Please consider using it! I wouldn't mind at all if it beat Sophia as the #1 name!