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Gender: F Meaning of Serena: "tranquil, serene" Origin of Serena: Latin Serena's Popularity in 2016: #448

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.

Ranking at Number 411 on the Social Security list, Serena sounds as calm and tranquil as its meaning implies.

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"