GENDER: Feminine
PRONOUNCED: ser-ə-FEEN-ə (English), ze-ra-FEE-na (German)  [details]

Meaning & History

Feminine form of the Late Latin name Seraphinus, derived from the biblical word seraphim which was Hebrew in origin and meant "fiery ones". The seraphim were an order of angels, described by Isaiah in the Bible as having six wings each. This was the name of a 13th-century Italian saint who made clothes for the poor. As an English name, it has never been common.


angels, celebrity babies, fire, rare German, saints
DIMINUTIVE: Sera (English)
MASCULINE FORM: Seraphinus (Late Roman)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Séraphine (French), Serafina, Fina (Italian), Serafima (Macedonian), Serafina (Polish), Serafina (Portuguese), Serafima (Russian), Serafina (Spanish)
Entry updated May 31, 2018