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Celina or Serena?

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Greekmythology Thu 21-Jan-21 09:05:02

We absolutely love these names but cannot decide between the two! DH loves Serena and I love Celina! I love the moon goddess and heaven association to the name... I also like Serena as a second option, for DH it’s the other way round, Serena first option and then Celina.
What associations do you have to these names and which one is your favourite?

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SoupDragon Thu 21-Jan-21 09:06:26


There's something about Celina I don't like although I really can't put my finger on what it is. Something about the sound.

FoggyDay58 Thu 21-Jan-21 09:11:41

I think with Celina you/she will spend her whole life spelling it for people (Selena, and all possible variants) so I would go for Serena based on that.

Newfor2021 Thu 21-Jan-21 09:13:19

Serena is far more beautiful imo, I don’t know the name meaning as moon goddess sounds a lovely meaning but not keen on Celina, sorry.

BigusBumus Thu 21-Jan-21 09:16:10

Serena just makes me think of the tennis player.

I prefer Celina but spelt Selina.

Sausagedog1 Thu 21-Jan-21 09:18:12

Ooo I like both. I know a Selina so am used to that spelling. I think I like Celina slightly more due to the meaning but prefer the sound Serena.
Serena is heavily associated with the tennis player for me so I would probably use Celina

NotExactlyMrsCurrentAffairs Thu 21-Jan-21 09:20:22

I know two Selena's. I too think many people will misspell it your way.
I prefer Serena

Zofloratheexplora Thu 21-Jan-21 09:20:28


ParisJeTAime Thu 21-Jan-21 09:23:19

I like both, but prefer Serena. I think it's just a more pleasant sound. Selina, although nice is a big more lispy and maybe a bit harsh to my ears.

Santaiscovidfree Thu 21-Jan-21 09:24:37

Serena was a model of car about 20 years ago - I had one!!
What about Athena?

sleepingfox Thu 21-Jan-21 09:25:22

I prefer Serena.

ParisJeTAime Thu 21-Jan-21 09:28:08

I think the name is a lot more well known than the car model. I've never heard of it. Everyone has heard of Serena Williams, so it's obviously a name to most people, rather than a car.

KirstenBlest Thu 21-Jan-21 09:42:48

Serena, but I know a Serena, Sarina and a Serina.

Celina will get Selina and Celena.

RedMarauder Thu 21-Jan-21 09:49:37

Serena - with the tennis player, Serena Williams
Celina - spelt "Selina" with a news reader, Selina Scott.

I prefer Serena plus everyone will know how to spell it due to the famous link.

crabette Thu 21-Jan-21 13:14:27

I actually thought Serena Van der Woodsen from Gossip Girl before Serena Williams, not sure what that says about me!!

Celina I'd associate with Catwoman.

Neither are bad associations! And both are lovely names, but I prefer Serena too.

FreeChuro Thu 21-Jan-21 13:17:20

I'm going to be absent help whatsoever but I absolutely adore both names

FreeChuro Thu 21-Jan-21 13:17:49

Absolutely **

2020quelhorreur Thu 21-Jan-21 13:17:51

Celina reminds me of Celine Dion. I like Serena!

Luckyelephant1 Thu 21-Jan-21 14:21:04

Serena. It's beautiful and a really 'flowy' sort of name.

Like a pp said I can't work out what it is but there's something I don't like about Celina/Selina. Maybe the 'L' sound.

partyatthepalace Thu 21-Jan-21 19:29:09

I love Serena - so beautiful and underused, and the serenity association is great.

Not mad keen on Celina/Selena, just not as pretty. I like Selene (sell-ee-nee) better - but not as much as Serena.

sherrystrull Thu 21-Jan-21 19:35:11

I love Serena. It sounds like serene.

I don't like the leen sound in Celina and reminds me of semolina.

bridgetreilly Thu 21-Jan-21 19:44:43

In order, I prefer:

But I like Sabrina better than all of them.

Firebird83 Thu 21-Jan-21 19:51:01

I prefer Selina/Selena to Celina. Celina makes me think of Celine Dion.

IamnotwhouthinkIam Thu 21-Jan-21 19:52:50

If you want the obvious Moon Goddess link then I would personally spell it Selena (since Selene was the original name) - it's also the most popular/common spelling of the name now (in the UK but also internationally as far as I know).

I really love the sound of Selena (it's so slinky and elegant sounding imo - I think that is why the name has been used for several femme fatales in film/TV!) But Serena avoids the spelling issues of Selena/Selina/Celina and is a pretty name that's well known but not overused, so might be the safer option.

GrowThroughWhatYouGoThrough Thu 21-Jan-21 19:57:47

Serena I'm yet to meet a nice Celina 😂

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