Pronounced Pron. SER-ə-fim (English)
Other Forms FormsSerafim
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Contributor Contrib.Chrysostom on 12/7/2006
Directly from the biblical word seraphim which meant "fiery ones" from Hebrew and referred to an order of angels described in the Book of Isaiah (see Seraphina). A famous bearer of the name was Saint Seraphim of Sarov, a 19th-century Russian mystic, in whose case his name was an anglicization of his actual name Serafim.