Ancient Greek, Battle/War, C names, Etruscan, Etruscan mythology, Female, Greek mythology, Latin, Light, Moon, Mythology, Nickname names, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Sky/Heavens, Virtues/Attributes

Celina

Celina seems to be a variant spelling of Selena at first glance, the name of the Greek goddess of the moon, which fittingly means “moon”; though it may also be a short form of Marcelina (or any name ending in celina), the Polish feminine form of Marcellus, an ancient Roman cognomen which originated as a diminutive of Marcus, a Roman praenomen which may be derived from the name of the Roman god of war, Mars. It’s a name of uncertain etymology and meaning though it could possibly be related to Latin mas meaning “male” though it might also be from Latin marcus meaning “large hammer”. However, it’s possible that Mars is related to a much older source, perhaps from Etruscan Maris (the god of fertility and agriculture), his name of unknown meaning. Mars could also be a contracted form of an older name, Mavorsa cognate of Oscan Mamers, which could possibly be related to Latin mah or margh (to cut) and vor (to turn) essentially meaning “turner of the battle”. Mars could also be derived from the same Proto-Indian-European root as Sanskrit marici meaning “ray of light”, or Proto-Indian-European mer meaning “to die”. It could also be associated with Latin marceo meaning “to (cause to) wither” and “to (make) shrivel” and Latin marcus meaning “hammer”, which would make sense since Mars is the god of war.

Celina may also be a variant of Celia, the English form of Caelia, the feminine form of Caelius, an Ancient Roman family name meaning “heaven, sky” from Latin caelum derived from a PIE root word of uncertain meaning.

Origin: Ancient Greek, Latin, Proto-Indo-European, possibly Etruscan

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Variants:

  • Céline (French)
  • Celine (English, French, German)
  • Selena (Ancient Greek, Spanish, Russian, English)
  • Selini (Greek)
  • Selene (Ancient Greek, French, English)

 

 

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1 thought on “Celina”

  1. I really like Celina. People with this name that I know are all very strong women but at the same time this name has some subtlety to it. I think if I had a child, I could happily use Marcelina as her name and Celina as the nickname. It also reminds me of the Welsh name Celyn, which I love, though they’re not etymologically related and only look similarly in spelling. Polish diminutives of Celina include Celinka, Cesia, Cela, Celunia, Lina, Ina, etc. I think Celinka is very cute.

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