Serena

Serena is a Late Roman given name, the feminine form of Serenus which derives from Latin serenus meaning “clear, tranquil, serene”, originally used  to refer to clear, calm weather, and, figuratively, “cheerful, glad, joyous”. Though the origin of the word is uncertain it has been linked to PIE root word *ksero- (dry).

Serena is also an Italian and Catalan surname originating from the given name.

Serena could also be used as a Japanese female name (also spelled Serina) with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:

  • seri  “parsley” + rei  “wise” + na  “greens; vegetables” (芹怜菜);
  • sei  “eventide; tide; salt water” + rei  “wise” + na  “greens; vegetables” (汐玲菜);
  • se  “world, society; generation” + rei  “manners, etiquette; bow, salute” + na  “Nara, what?” (世礼奈);
  • se  “rapids, current” + rei  “order, command, decree” + na  “Nara, what?” (瀬令奈);
  • se  “rapids, current” + ren  “attach; love; romance” + na  “Nara, what?” (瀬恋奈)

Written in hiragana it’s せれな. Serena is also written as セレナ in katakana.

Origin: uncertain, possibly Proto-Indo-European; Japanese

Meaning: from a Late Roman name “clear, tranquil, calm”; as a Japanese name, it has a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used in Japanese

Usage: English, Late Roman, French, Spanish, Italian, Catalan

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Variants:

  • Serina (English, Japanese)
  • Sarina (English, Dutch)
  • Serrena (English)
  • Serene (English)
  • Séréna (French)

Male forms:

  • Serenus (Late Roman)
  • Sereno (Italian)
  • Serene (English)