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