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Selena and Celina are two completely different names. Selena is derived from Ancient Greek and it means moon. However, Celina is derived from Latin and it means celestial or heavenly.
― Anonymous User  10/20/2019
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Selena and Celina are both beautiful. I love the name so much. I don't think I could choose one over the other. I might just use both names on future daughters one day. One for a first name and the other for a middle name. Selena-moon/moon goddess. Celina-moon goddess/heaven.
― Anonymous User  5/9/2019
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Selena Marie Gomez is a singer and actress.
― Anonymous User  3/18/2019
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I love this name, but unfortunately when young people hear this name they may associate it with Selena Gomez. I prefer the Selana Quintanilla (r.i.p.) association. I also think it has a beautiful meaning with a note of mystique.
futuremother99  9/27/2018
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I think of the late singer whenever I hear this name.
Luvbug86  6/4/2017
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Selena Gomez is a recent bearer of the name.
― Anonymous User  5/16/2017
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Selena Quintanilla was a beautiful woman inside and out, not to mention a beautiful singer. I would love to name my daughter Selena after a strong woman who will be missed forever and always, at least by me.
Blaxworth  6/17/2016
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Russian pronunciation is, using the site's guide: sye-LYE-nah, see-LYE-nah.
Ambiversion  5/2/2016
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I came across this website and just happened to lookup my name. I saw all the comments about it and relating it to the actress Gomez and the Latino singer, who unfortunately, was tragically killed at such a young age. Anyway, my name is Selena and I have been having it for 53 yrs, way before them. I love my name, it is unique, and I love its Greek origin and meaning which means moon. It is has an expression meaning of - a countenance like the sun. Personality meaning of - has a good dash of originality. Natural meaning of - is gentle and loving. Emotional meaning of - someone with love-filled eyes. Character meaning of - a defender of truth and right. Physical meaning of - a smile that lights up everyone's world. A mental meaning of - is idealistic and imaginative in nature. And finally a motivation meaning of - virtue, etiquette, good behavior. I love what my name means and majority of it is so applicable to how I am, still trying to get that etiquette part. I believe you establish your child's destiny by their name so know what a name means before naming your child. I named my daughter Cherish which means love and Iesha which means life. Both are blessing me by living up to their name, Cherish loving people, seeing no enemy and Iesha living life to the fullest, hiking mountains and enjoying what life has to offer. Thanks for reading, just had to stand up for my name.

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Selena L  9/11/2015
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Selena is such a pretty name. It's soft and feminine without being too frilly and it ages well. There aren't a lot of Selena's around at all.
― Anonymous User  1/22/2015
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This name reminds me of the beautiful Selena Quintanilla- Perez. It's a beautiful name but I wouldn't name my daughter Selena.

So much hate towards Selena Gomez for no apparent reason. I guess jealous people tend to hate on others... It's sad because I'm sure no one here knows her personally. Grow up!
― Anonymous User  7/18/2014
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My best friend, who isn't Spanish but is Australian, with blonde hair and blue eyes is called Selena (pronounced Se-LEE-na). She is not at all like the American singer/actress Selena Gomez.. she's quite a bossy-boots and has a domineering presence, not very Disney-like haha, but she is a great listener and has your back. The only thing she has in common with Gomez is that she is also very pretty. Apparently it means moon. Similar name to Selena is Celeste which also means moon.
― Anonymous User  4/14/2014
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When I was growing up I knew a few Celina's but they were all hispanic and spelled it CELINA (with the 'C'), not Selena. I even had a teacher named Celina and she was an older lady in her 60's. It was like the names Cecilia, Celeste, Celina... I always thought of it with a 'C'. After the singer died, though, it just boomed and everyone wanted to spell it like her. The 'S' spelling is pretty much all I ever see now. Amazing how this name just skyrocketed in the latino community after Selena Quintanilla's death (and she was a year younger than me, so we were of the same generation).

The name is very pretty and I like it but I'm not a big fan of Selena Gomez and unfortunately, I think the name is so closely associated with her too. Pretty ironic how Selena Gomez (a native Texan herself) has said on TV that she was named after Selena the singer. It's a 'singer' name to me.. lol

I like the 'moon' meaning and like all spellings of it: SELENA/SELINA/CELINA.
― Anonymous User  2/15/2014
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This name is so cute but I hate Selena Gomez so I would probably use Selene instead. Same nicknames though of Sel, Selly, Lena and Leni.
ebenezer_scrouge  9/19/2011
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Selena Gomez (1992-present) Lead singer of Selena Gomez and the Scene. Plays Alex Russo on Wizards of Waverly place. Means "moon".
― Anonymous User  4/18/2011
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Possibly related to the Slavic word for green.
― Anonymous User  1/4/2011
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Because of the awful Selena Gomez, I suggest you name your daughter Luna. It's prettier, and has a much better namesake: Luna Lovegood :)
Dawson  12/5/2010
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This name reminds me of the annoying Selena Gomez, whom my boyfriend is obsessed with. For this reason I hate it. XD
Chrila96  11/4/2010
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Selena is the daughter in the Stephen King novel "Dolores Claiborne."
bathos  10/2/2010
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It is the name of famous Disney Channel star Selena Gomez who was named after the slain Mexican singer Selena Quintanilla.
XxKerry-MayxX  6/21/2010
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I love this name. It works well for anyone, no matter their age or race or anything. Except it wouldn't work for a guy.
MeMyselfAndEye  1/18/2010
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I don't like the name Selena, I just don't feel comfortable with any pronunciation I can think of and it sounds broken. But ever since I saw the movie "Arthur and the Invisibles" I have always loved the name Selenia. I sounds more feminine and has a nice flow to it. I pronounce it Suh-Le-Nee-Ah. The "Uh" in "Suh" is very short and "Le" as in "Let". It makes me think of a bright flower instead of a moon though.
Milena Scialfa  12/31/2009
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To everyone who said that this name was ruined by Selena Gomez, I agree. She is just another wannabe role model Disney star. It is still a nice name.
italiannames  12/26/2009
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This is my name, it is Greek not Spanish or Russian. I know a lot of people think of it as a Mexican name because of the famous Tejano singer, but it's not. If anything, it was odd for her to have a first name that was not Spanish or Mexican.
SelenaAnn  8/25/2009
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I love this name! The late Selena Quintanilla seemed like an amazing person. However, I don't like the association with the annoying Selena Gomez.
bananarama  8/19/2009
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I have a Mexican friend who is named Selena and she pronounces it as: sel-AY-nah.
― Anonymous User  6/7/2009
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I like this name and not because of Selena Gomez. I liked it before she became a star and I always will. I just can't imagine it on a elderly lady! LOL.
― Anonymous User  4/24/2009
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Not only does Selena Gomez annoy me very, very much, but how people describe this name is just corny. It sounds sort of ditzy too. I MUCH prefer Selene.
Kerules  4/8/2009
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I used to love this name before Selena Gomez came around! I still like it, and might use it some day. But Gomez is a bad impression of this lovely name.
― Anonymous User  10/27/2008
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I have a friend who bears this name, I like it very much, it doesn't sound too frilly and it doesn't sound too boyish.
mary26  7/19/2008
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Selena Quintanilla Perez is my idol, so I am naming my future daughter Selena. This name is the most beautiful name in the world.
deatheater1408  2/8/2008
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I imagine this name for a Hispanic girl with medium skin, black hair and dark brown eyes. No offense, but I can not see this name on a white girl. Some names just don't match with certain races.
deatheater1408  12/6/2007
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Names with the "moon" meaning are so beautiful.
deatheater1408  12/6/2007
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Selena Gomez plays Mikayla, Hannah's rival singer on Hannah Montana, Alex on Wizards Of Waverly Place and played Gwen on the Suite Life of Zack and Cody.
― Anonymous User  10/12/2007
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This is my name. I've had several people comment about how beautiful my name is. The only negative I've had with it is people calling me "Serena" or "Sabrina".
― Anonymous User  9/22/2007
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Selena Donovan was a character in Casualty played by Elizabeth Carling.
ClaireCFC  8/8/2007
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I am so attracted to this name. I know I will name my daughter Selena. I imagine her with medium skin, black hair and dark brown eyes.
deatheater1408  8/8/2007
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Selena is an extremely gorgeous name! I love the meaning too. I am considering naming my daughter Selena. If I have a girl.
deatheater1408  8/5/2007
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I like this name and find it pretty, but for some reason I always want to say Serena instead.
YMPvt  3/11/2007
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Selena is a beautiful name that makes me think of royalty. I can just imagine a Princess Selena. It sounds so perfect.
writing the world  2/14/2007
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Selena is Eragon's mother in The Inheritance Trilogy.
melinda1  1/26/2007
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Selena is one of those annoying names I just cannot help hating.
Missy  1/13/2007
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I think that Selena is a beautiful name, the way it just sort of glides off your tongue se-le-na.
― Anonymous User  10/11/2006
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Selena appeared on the top 1000 list from the 1890's to the 1900's. It came back on the top 1000 list in the 1960's. Its most popular year was the 1990's where it ranked 197.
― Anonymous User  9/25/2006
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Selena is a gorgeous name. I know of a few people with this name and they all pronounce it se-LEE-nuh. That is how I would pronounce it too.
― Anonymous User  9/5/2006
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This name is pronounced se-LAY-nuh, or se-LEH-nuh, *not* se-LEE-nuh! That is, if you are refering to anyone who speaks Spanish and bears this name.
― Anonymous User  7/14/2006
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A related name is Selenna.
pindaprincess  7/12/2006
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In the Batman mythos, Selena Kyle is known as the thief Catwoman.
― Anonymous User  5/15/2006
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Selena is a beautiful name, very elegant.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2006
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This is a very beautiful name; it has a lovely meaning, and, as someone else stated, it really does roll off the tongue!
websurfer  3/14/2006
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Selena Cross is the name of a character in the 1957 novel Peyton Place by Grace Metalious.
― Anonymous User  1/18/2006
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I'm not sure I had heard of this name before I became familiar with Selena Quintanilla Pérez. Besides the fact that I adore the deceased singer, I think the name is beautiful. It just sort of rolls of the tongue, doesn't it? I think it actually sounds better than the name Selene.
Phoenix Flower  10/1/2005
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Take a look at the popularity chart for this name. Starting in 1991, its popularity started rising annually; that's the year that the career of the immensely popular singer Selena really took off. In 1995, the year of her untimely death, it shot up to #91 on the Top 1000 list, compared to #300 the year before. Coincidence? I think not.
Phoenix Flower  10/1/2005
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One of the most famous bearers of this name in our modern times was the beautiful "Reina de Cumbia", Selena Quintanilla Perez (1971-1995). An enormously popular singer in Latino communities across North America, her music crossed cultural boundaries to touch the lives of young and old alike. In life she was hailed as the Latin Whitney or Mariah and her death was then likened to that of John Lennon.

¡Vive para siempre la Reina de Cumbia!

*Pronounced: Seh-LEE-nuh*
― Anonymous User  9/12/2005

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