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What's the Meaning Behind Selena Quintanilla's Name?

The Meaning Behind Selena's Name Could Not Be More Fitting

The name Selena is one that needs no last name — Selena Gomez might be famous now, but if you say Selena to any Latinx, they'll know you're referring to the original: Selena Quintanilla.

While Selena G. was named after Selena Q., the meaning of the Tejano singer's moniker is one that might surprise you. The name derives from the Greek word Selene, which means "moon goddess" — yes, Selena's name literally means goddess. Tell us that's not incredibly fitting considering the Mexican-American singer was basically born to be a star.

While Selena's parents haven't revealed the inspiration for naming their youngest daughter, the name has only grown in popularity in the past few years. The year Selena passed away, her name was number 91 on the list of most popular baby names. It's now in the 285th spot.

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