SERAPHINA: From the Hebrew for "afire" or "angel." This exotic name can be shortened to Sara until she is old enough to "carry" Seraphina. Relatives: Serafina, Sarafina, Serafine, Seraphine, Seraphim, Sera, Sara.
SERENA: From the Latin for "peaceful one." For the contented child. Relatives: Serene, Serenity.
SERGE: From the Latin for "attendant." Sergius is a widely revered saint in Russia. Relatives: Sergei, Sergius. Namesakes: Sergei Prokofiev, Sergei Eisenstein.
SETH: From the Hebrew for "appointed." Seth was popular with the Puritans and so is about due for a revival. Try it on a girl. Namesakes: third son of Adam and Eve, Seth Thomas.
SEWARD: Old English for "from the sea." Relatives: Sewell, Severn. Namesakes: Anna Sewell, Seward's Folly, Severn River (Britain).
SEYMOUR: Old French contraction for Saint Mauer and Old English for "tailor." A distinguished name with Olde English flair. Relatives: Seymor, Seemour, Sy, Skip. Namesakes: Seymour Chwast, Jane Seymour.
SHAINA: From the Yiddish for "beautiful." Relatives: Shaine, Shanie, Shayne, Shayna, Shanna, Shana. Namesake: Shana Alexander.
SHANNON: Irish Gaelic for "wise one." A distinctive choice for a girl or boy. Relatives: Shanley, Shandy, Shanahan, Shanon, Shanna, Shane, Shana, Sean, Shan. Namesakes: Del Shannon, Shane, River Shannon (Ireland).
SHARON: From the Hebrew for "princess" or "of the plain." The popularity of Sharon dropped sharply after World War II. Relatives: Sharen, Sharyn, Sharron, Charon, Sharry, Shari, Sherry. Namesakes: Shari Lewis, Ariel Sharon, "The Rose of Sharon."