What does Elena mean?
Elena /ele-na/ [3 sylls.] as a girls' name is pronounced eh-LAYN-ah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Elena is "sun ray". Italian and Spanish form of Helen.
How popular is Elena?
Elena is a very prominent first name for women (#412 out of 4276, Top 10%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#46839 out of 150436, Top 31%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Elena for girls. Elena reached its highest rank of #121 in the U.S. in 2014. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Alene, Alexandra (#92 the previous year), Elaina (#281), Eleanor (#78), Elenora, Elina, Ella (#17), Ellen (#656), Helen (#404), Helena (#502), Ileana, Ilene and Lena (#279) are the prominent alternative forms of Elena (#121 the previous year). Forms like Ilona are uncommon. These girl names reached the peak of their popularity during 1920-1929 (usage of 0.512%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.4693%, down 8.3%), with the forms Alene, Elenora, Ellen, Helen and Ilene becoming somewhat dated. The most trendy baby names in this list are Elaina (#281), Eleanor (#78), Elena (#121), Helena (#502) and Lena (#279), with Eleanor, Helena and Lena enjoying a rebound in popularity. Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the girl name Elena and associated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Elena▲ is pronounced similarly to Alana▲, Aleana, Aleena▲, Alena▲, Alenah, Aleyna, Aliena, Alina▲, Allena, Alyna, Eilena, Eilona, Elanah, Elanna, Elayna, Eleana, Eleanna, Elenyi, Eliana▲, Ellena, Ellina, Ellona, Elona, Elonna, Elyana, Ilana, Ilena, Oleana, Olina and Yalena. Other recommended similar baby names are Eena, Eilene, Elaene, Elan, Elane, Eleen, Elen, Elene, Elin▲, Eline, Ellene, Ellma, Elma▼, Elmena, Elna▼, Elon, Elvena, Elyn, Elynn and Erena. These names tend to be less frequently used than Elena.