Name of the Day: SeraphinaJuly 24, 2009
Hope you’re in the mood for a really girly name today!
Seraphina/Serafina is one of those ultra ultra feminine girl names. It’s extremely hard to picture this name on a tomboy. I’ve never actually been a tomboy myself, per se, but I’m usually not into really girly things. I’ve only gotten a manicure twice in my life (both times were right before weddings), I despise most shades of pink, and I hate doilies. Side note: my mother has 67 doilies in her house. She claims that the affinity for doilies “skips a generation.” Like diabetes, I guess. We’ll have to watch our kids for both of those tendencies — maybe if we can catch it early…
And yet, in spite of the frills and lace, I can’t help but like Seraphina. When I try to picture a Seraphina in my mind, I picture either a dark-haired, exotic beauty, or else a very pale blond ethereal type. Maybe that’s just the cultural “angelic” stereotype kicking in.
There have been a couple of threads over at BNaBBT about this name, and here are some of the descriptors that people gave for Seraphina/Serefina: soft, delicate, fairy-like, whimsical, frilly, fantastical, lovely, overly frilly, and crazy girly.
So, as you can see, there were a few non-believers. ;) Most names are like that, I suppose; you can’t please everyone all of the time (yes, I am talking to myself, here).
I think the thing that wins me over about Seraphina is the meaning. “Fiery ones.” I picture a throng of angels with six fiery wings and blazing swords, guarding a crystal throne. I’m sure this mental picture is not theologically correct, but I still like it.
Latinate derivative of Hebrew seraphim ‘burning ones’, the name of an order of angels (Isaiah 6:2). It was borne by a rather shadowy saint who was martyred at the beginning of the 5th century in Italy, Spain, or Armenia.
from Behind the Name
Feminine form of the Late Latin name Seraphinus, derived from the biblical word seraphim which was Hebrew in origin and meant “fiery ones”. The seraphim were an order of angels, described by Isaiah in the Bible as having six wings each. This was the name of a 13th-century Italian saint who made clothes for the poor. As an English name, it has never been common.
Serafina: A name so lovely it’s worthy of an angel.
Seraphina: The highest-ranking angels, the six-winged seraphim, inspired this lovely name. It was brought into the spotlight when chosen by high-profile parents Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck.