Thoughts on the name Serena

I have recently found and fallen in love with the name Serena. I have a few questions for you. 

What do you think of the name Serena?

What is your associations with the name Serena?

Do you like the name?

Does it age well from child to old lady?

Is it a classic name?

How long has the name been in existence?

Thanks for any feed back. 

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July 30, 2016 3:56 PM

My primary association with the name Serena is the tennis player, but it's not an overriding association: she's simply the only person by this name I can think of.

As for the age of the name, the masculine version Serenus was recorded in a Roman-era (4th century, so 300s AD) inscription (http://inslib.kcl.ac.uk/irt2009/IRT559.html#edition). The way Roman names worked, if this man Aurelius Sempronius Serenus ever had a daughter, her name would've been Sempronia Serena (with a distinguishing adjective like "younger" or "the third" or "curly" added if she had a lot of sisters). According to Behindthename, there was an obscure early saint by the name Serena, but they don't define "early".

In the U.S., Serena fell out of the top 1000 between the 1910s and 1950s, but it doesn't seem to have entirely gone out of use since they've been keeping track.

I don't know if all this qualifies Serena as "classic", because definitions of that status vary widely, but it's certainly not a new invention.

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By dayj
July 30, 2016 5:01 PM

I don't know a lot about names, so I think many others will be able to give you a better insight than me. I really do like it, though. I think it's a beautiful name. My first association is Serena from Gossip Girl. She was my favourite character on the show, so it's a goo association for me. I picture a tall and pretty girl with blonde, wavy hair (= Blake Lively) ;) I'd also say it ages quite well. I could totally picture it on a child, a professional or a grandma! 

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July 30, 2016 6:22 PM

Hi there!

To answer your questions,

I really like the name Serena. It flows well and sounds very pretty and feminine.

My main association with the name is a mermaid from the show Mako Mermaids. She was pretty, blonde, sweet, well-intentioned, and had an amazing singing voice, so, for me, the association is good.

I think it would age quite well from child to old lady.

I don't think of it as a classic name, probably because it was somewhat rare in the early 20th century, but I don't think of it as a modern creation like Jakaia.

 

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July 31, 2016 11:21 PM

Actually, the character in Mako: Island of Secrets (aka Mako Mermaids) is named Sirena, which is the Spanish word for mermaid. Since it's pronounced the same way, I could see people associating Serena with Sirena, but, as you said, I think that association is good. I was upset she left the show after season 2!

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August 1, 2016 2:52 PM

Yeah, she was my favorite of the 3 mermaids in the first season. The names in that show are actually pretty fun to look into. Ondina, for example, derives from the Latin word for wave and undines, sometimes spelled ondines, are mythological water spirits. I like H2O better than Mako Mermaids, though.

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By Feya
July 30, 2016 7:55 PM

I forgot to ask if the spelling Serenah is a creative spelling?

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July 30, 2016 8:35 PM

Yes, Serenah is a creative spelling. There's nothing in Latin grammar or spelling rules that would require or explain the 'h'.

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July 31, 2016 3:22 AM

I love Serena.  :)  I associate it with Sailor Moon, as it was her civilian name in the 90's English version of the anime.  I think it's a classic and ages very well.  No clue how long it's been around, but I know it's been around a long time. 

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July 31, 2016 2:55 PM

Let me please begin by stating that i LOVE the name Serena.

My aunt's name is Serena, and it is such a lovely name. Everybody she meets loves it, and she's almost 60 now so I'd say it ages really well. When I hear the name I think of my aunt, but aside from her, it reminds me a bit of the TV show Firefly and it's followup movie Serenity, but I also know that some people relate the name to the TV show Gossip Girl - but I watched the show and it still doesn't come to mind when I hear the name. Really, when people hear the name, they will associate Serena with your child and not with a character in a TV show or book.
I think it is a fairly classical name - I'm a really big fan of names that grandmothers could have and would know and my grandmother actually CHOSE the name Serena so that says something!
As for the time of existance of the name.. I'm really not sure how long the name has been around, but I'm absolutely sure that your daughter would love the name! 

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July 31, 2016 11:08 PM

I like the name Serena. I don't have any strong specific associations with the name. It does make me think of the word serenity, as well as the character in Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queen named Serena.

Classic is a very subjective term. I don't think I would call it classic so much as ageless. It was used in ancient Rome, 16th century England, and is still in use today. It never had a sharp peak in popularity, so it doesn't feel dated to any one age group. I think the name would work well from baby girl to great-grandmother and every stage of life in between.