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What does Elaine mean?

Elaine Pronunciation of Elaine [elaine] 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.

Associated with: greek, sun (star), king (queen), poetry (literary), 19th century, young, deer.


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.

Affiliated girl names: Alana, Elnora and Eleanor.

14 more relations via Elayne, Helen: Alene, Aline, Elena, Eleni, Elinor, Elladine, Ellee, Ellen, Ellin, Elliner, Ellinor, Ellyn, Helaina and Ilene.

Creative forms:
(female) Elaise, Elenne, ..

(male) Elaian, Elaile, ..

Middle name pairings:
Elaine Betty (E.B.), ..

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. Demographics)

Elaine reached its apex position of #46 in the U.S. during 1940-1949, and is at #673 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elaine name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent variation forms of Elaine (#673 the previous year) are Alaina (#176 the previous year), Alana (#202), Alayna (#223), Alene, Aline, Elaina (#291), Elana (#1522), Elayna (#1223), Elayne, Eleanor (#60), Elena (#106), Eleni (#1595), Elinor (#1413), Elle (#398), Ellen (#705), Elliana (#302), Ellie (#47), Ellinor, Ellyn, Elnora, Helaine, Helen (#419), Ilene, Laine and Lainey (#577). Other forms, like Elliner, are uncommon. These relations of Elaine were favored by parents in the 1920s (usage of 5.8%) and have become much less conventional since (usage 1.6%, 73.4%), with versions like Elinor becoming less fashionable. The more fashionable birth names in this list are Alaina, Alana, Alayna, Elaina, Elena, Elle, Elliana, Ellie and Lainey.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elaine, Alaina, Alana, Alayna, Alene in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Aline, Elaina, Elana, Elayna, Elayne in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Eleanor, Elena, Eleni, Elinor, Elle in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ellen, Elliana, Ellie, Ellyn, Elnora in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Helaine, Helen, Ilene, Laine, Lainey in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Elaine, Alana, Eleanor, Elena, Elle outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ellen, Ellie, Ellinor outside U.S.

Similar Names

Elaine is pronounced similarly to Alaine, Alane, Aleine, Alenne, Allene, Alline, Allyne, Alwyne, Alynne, Eileene, Eilene, Eleen, Eliane, Elianne, Elin, Eline, Ellon, Elyn, Elynn, Ilane, Ileanne, Ilone, Oline, Yolane and Yolanne. Other recommended names are Albine, Alcine, Aldine, Alvine, Blaine, Blaise, Blaize, Blane, Claire, Clarine, Delaine, Edwine, Elanah, Elanie, Eleana, Eleanna, Eleena, Eliana, Elianna, Elice, Elina, Elined, Elize, Elkie, Ellice, Ellina, Elmina, Elna, Eloise, Elsie, Elvene, Elvie, Elvina, Elvire, Elzina, Emaline, Erline, Ermine, Etain, Evadne, Evline, Jaine, Jalaine, Jolaine, Julaine, Kalaine, Melaine, Paine, Raine and Shaine. These names tend to be less frequently used than Elaine.

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