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Meaning and name origin

Elaine \e-lai-ne\ as a girl's name is pronounced ee-LAYNE. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Elaine is "sun ray". French form of Helen. In the King Arthur myths, Elaine is a character who fell in love with Lancelot. The name first appeared in the 15th-century "Morte D'Arthur" of Thomas Malory, while Tennyson's poetry "Idylls of the King" promoted 19th-century revival of the name. Since many names in Arthurian legend are Celtic in origin, Elaine may actually be derived from the Welsh word elain meaning "young deer". Comedienne Elayne Boosler; film director Elaine May.


Elaine has 26 variant forms: Alaina, Alayna, Alayne, Allaine, Elaene, Elain, Elaina, Elaini, Elainia, Elainna, Elan, Elana, Elane, Elanna, Elayna, Elayne, Elle, Elliana, Ellie, Ellaine, Ellane, Ellayne, Helaine, Laine, Lainey and Layney.

For more information, see also related girl names Alana, Elnora and Eleanor.


Elaine is a very popular first name for females (#127 out of 4276, Top 3%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Elaine for girls. Elaine reached its highest rank of #47 in the U.S. in 1940-1949. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Elaine name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Elaine outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Elaine and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Ellie (#55), Eleanor (#78), Alaina (#190), Alana (#198), Alayna (#217), Elaina (#281), Elliana (#296), Elle (#395), Helen (#404), Lainey (#585), Elaine (#654), Elnora and Elayne. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Alaina, Alana, Alayna, Elaina, Elaine, Elayne, Eleanor, Elle, Elliana, Ellie in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Elnora, Helen, Lainey in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Alaina, Alana, Alayna, Elaine, Eleanor outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Elle, Ellie, Helen outside U.S.

Similar Names

Elaine is also pronounced similarly to Alaine, Alane, Aleine, Aline, Alline, Elene, Eliane, Elianne, Elin, Eline, Ellene, Ellin, Ilane and Oline. Other suggested similar baby names are Blaine, Elanie, Elina, Ellina and Elvine. These names tend to be less commonly used than Elaine.