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This beautiful name has two meanings. One is that she's identified with the Roman Goddess Luna; second is a genus of carangidae. Synonym: Genus Selene.
Tbird  7/21/2005
Kate Beckinsale's character in "Underworld" and "Underworld: Evolution" is called Selene.
patchworkgirl  11/15/2005
Oh my god is this a beautiful sounding name and I love that it means moon.
iwant2baurora  12/20/2005
Cleopatra Selene II, twin sister of Alexander Helios (accurately named after the sun & moon), was the daughter of Cleopatra Philopator VII and Mark Antony.
jeveuxlesoleil  9/19/2006
Pronounced Sel-EEN.
bellaboo  11/28/2006
I beg to differ, bellaboo. The original Greek name is pronounced see-LEE-nee, as read as it is written in the Greek alphabet, although it may be pronounced differently depending on the person giving the name. The goddess was called see-LEE-nee, and my sister's name is pronounced see-LEE-nee, but it is often mispronounced as see-LEEN or see-LEE-nu, and in one unfortunate case, su-LAH-mee. The pronunciation of any given name, however, is up to the person naming or named.
Helias  1/16/2007
By the way, the Greek goddess Selene had a sister, Eos (EE-os), or dawn, and a brother, Helios (HEE-lee-os), or sun. In one of the myths associated with the goddess, she falls in love with a shepherd named Endymion, and as she knows better than to ask that he be granted eternal life without eternal youth, she asks instead of Zeus, her father, that he be granted everlasting sleep. She then visits him in dreams, in which Endymion holds the moon in his arms.
Helias  1/16/2007
I love this name and its meaning but I like it better pronounced Seh-LEEN.
writing the world  2/14/2007
Sounds like a name for someone who really likes to be by the moonlight or is compared to the moon and moonlight. Isn't it romantic? Yep this is a very romantic and lovely name. I like both pronunciations but seh-LEEN sounds much better, seh-LEE-NEE can sometimes sound like a pasta ingredient if you focus too much on LENE ('LEE-NEE') and rhymes with all un-feminine names ending with -lini (like Mussolini). It's ok though but if seh-lee-nee I'd say the 'seh' sound stronger. Just some suggestions there. ;-)
Loni_maryrose  6/3/2007
Beautiful name. Not so common either. That's a bonus. I prefer it se-LEEN as well, it sounds better.
― Anonymous User  6/4/2007
I like this name. Though I'm not too keen on the LEE-NEE pronunciation ending part. That sounds silly, rhymes with all things ending in -ini.
― Anonymous User  6/19/2007
A gorgeous name, with a lovely meaning. I much prefer this to the overused and extremely Harry Potter-ish Luna.
Lizdebiz  8/15/2007
This is a pretty name. It is a lot better than Luna! The meaning is so awesome! I would pronounce it like in the movie Underworld. I love names with the "moon" meaning. Especially, Selena.
deatheater1408  12/12/2007
Selene Gallio (also know as "Black Queen"), a Marvel Comics character and member of the evil "Hellfire Club".
FMRadio  2/17/2008
(Greek Σελήνη) Selếnê.
― Anonymous User  4/1/2008
Selena would be a latinized version of Selene. I do like both names.
deatheater1408  8/27/2008
I used to really like this name, but it's just sort of corny now, and awkward on the conventional person. It's okay, I guess don't like the variant Selena.
Kerules  4/8/2009
Classical Greek may also have this name pronounced as sel-een-ay.
notaclue  4/12/2009
This name is gorgeous. So calm, yet beautiful. No wonder it's the name of the goddess of the moon! I prefer the seh-LEEN pronunciation, seh-LEEN-ee sounds a bit childish.
emmiix3  4/17/2009
Selene the original Moon goddess. NOT ARTEMIS!
deatheater1408  5/26/2009
I found this name when I was little, and I loved it! I still love it now :) I named a moon nymph this in one of my stories. And I've used it in others too. I like both pronunciations, mainly because the traditional one sounds cool to me XD. I love the Underworld movies too!
VampireTears  6/25/2009
I love the sound of this name. However, many people are bound to pronounce it wrong.
Athena Nike  4/2/2010
It's a pretty name, when pronounced seh-LEE-nee. Unfortunately, it reminds me of Selena Gomez, and I'm not a fan. It also sounds a little immature and almost made up. I prefer Luna.
Black_X  8/1/2011
There is a song by the band Imagine Dragons called Selene. They pronounce it suh-LEEN.
― Anonymous User  7/8/2013
The name Selene was given to 237 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
Oohvintage  7/16/2013
Selene it is also said, in Greece, that comes from the word selas. Selas means light and this is what we call northern lights in Greece "βόρειο σέλας". Some of course believe that Selene and Helen are synonymous names, (of the same meaning) which is the "shining one", because both of them come from the word selas.
ginnykom  9/1/2015
Princess Selene Blackburn is the main character (well, sort of) of the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer.
Aliria  2/15/2016
Selene is my name! And I agree with you, it is quite a beautiful name, not to be too big-headed! I quite like my name, and most people pronounce it 'Sah-lean-ee' when they see it. But I pronounce it Sah-lean. Some people even call me Selena. It can get annoying, but if people understand they usually say it is a beautiful name. I then will blush and thank them, as I can get quite shy.
SeleneKawaiiKween  3/21/2016
The name Selene was given to 214 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/15/2016
I love the name Selene. If I ever had twin girls, their middle names would be Solange and Selene, which are basically sun and moon. Suh-Lee-Nee also sounds much better than the way I have heard it.
SapphireLace  1/9/2018
Lovely, gentle and beautiful. I like Selene as a first or middle name. Besides, it has cute nicknames like Leni and Sisi.
XironDarkstar  4/18/2018
My name is Selene and I love the definition of my name.
Selene kitty  4/26/2018
Selene was a Titaness, not a goddess. Check out Greek gods dot org if you don't believe me. Look up Theia, her first-gen Titaness mother. Under her name you will clearly see that Selene is her daughter. Just wanted to let you guys know.
― Anonymous User  5/1/2018

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