Meaning: “clear; serene; calm; dry.”
Eng (sə-REEN-ə); It (se-RE-nah)
The name is derived from the Late Latin male name, Serenus, which comes directly from the Latin word meaning “serene, calm, clear, tranquil” and is related to the Greek word ξηρός (xeros) meaning “dry”, a term used to describe clear weather.
The name was borne by several early Roman martyrs, including the legendary wife of Diocletian, who was murdered by her own husband after defending two christians her husband had condemned. She is venerated as the patron saint of Lazio in Italy.
It was also borne by the niece of the Emperor Theodosius I, (b.365).
Currently, it is the 218th most popular female name in France (2008) and the 454th most popular in the United States, (2010).
Its Romansch versions of Seraina, Sereina and Serina are currently the 5th most popular female names in Liechtenstein (2010).
The name is borne by tennis player, Serena Williams (b.1981).
Other forms of the name include:
- Séréna (French)
- Szeréna (Hungarian)
- Szerénke (Hungarian)
- Serenilla (Italian)
- Seraine/Sereine (Old French)
- Seraina (Romansch)
- Sereina (Romansch)
- Serina (Romansch)
- Sérène (French)
- Szerénusz (Hungarian)
- Sereno (Italian)
- Serenus (Latin)
- Seren (Polish)