What does Elaine mean?
Elaine /elai-ne/ [2 sylls.] as a girls' 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 variants: Alaina▲, Alayna▲, Alayne, Allaine, Elaene, Elain, Elaina▲, Elaini, Elainia, Elainna, Elan, Elana, Elane, Elanna, Elayna, Elayne, Ellaine, Ellane, Ellayne, Elle▲, Elliana▲, Ellie▲, Helaine, Laine, Lainey▲ and Layney.more]
How popular is Elaine?
Elaine is a very prominent first name for females (#127 out of 4276, Top 3%) but an uncommon surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Elaine for girls. Elaine was first listed in 1890-1899 and reached its apex position of #47 in the U.S. during 1940-1949, and is at #654 currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the girl name Elaine and affiliated names. Prominent variation forms of Elaine (#654 the previous year) are Alaina (#190 the previous year), Alana (#198), Alayna (#217), Alene, Aline, Elaina (#281), Elayne, Eleanor (#78), Elena (#121), Elinor, Elle (#395), Ellen (#656), Elliana (#296), Ellie (#55), Ellinor, Elnora, Helen (#404), Ilene and Lainey (#585). Forms like Elliner are uncommon. These girl names are at the peak of their popularity today (usage of 0.4435%), except for versions like Aline, Elinor, Elnora, Helen and Ilene which have fallen out of fashion. The more fashionable birth names in this list are Elaina (#281), Eleanor (#78), Elliana (#296), Ellie (#55) and Lainey (#585), with Eleanor and Ellie undergoing a rebound in popularity. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Elaine▼ is pronounced similarly to Alaine, Alane, Aleine, Alline, Elene, Eliane, Elianne, Elin▲, Eline, Ellene, Ilane and Oline. Other recommended similar baby names are Blaine, Elanie, Elina, Ellina and Elvine. These names tend to be less frequently used than Elaine.