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What does Elena mean?

Elena \e-le-na\ 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.


Elena has 6 variants: Alona, Elaina, Eleena, Eleni, Elina and Nelli.

For more information, see also related girl names Alexandra, Eleanor, Ellen and Olena.

Elena has 38 more related variations via Helen: Ailene, Alene, Aline, Eileen, Elaine, Elana, Elayne, Eleanor, Elenora, Elenore, Eleonora, Elinor, Ella, Elle, Ellee, Ellen, Ellenora, Ellie, Ellin, Elly, Ellyn, Elnora, Galina, Halina, Helana, Heleena, Helena, Helene, Helenna, Hellena, Ileana, Ilene, Ilona, Jelena, Lana, Lena, Lina and Yelena.


Elena is a very prominent first name for women (#412 out of 4276, Top 10%) and a slightly less prominent surname for both adults and children (#57446 out of 88799, Top 65%). (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. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the girl name Elena and associated names. Alene, Alexandra (#92 the previous year), Aline, Eileen (#711), Elaina (#281), Elaine (#654), Elayne, Eleanor (#78), Elenora, Eleonora, Elina, Elinor, Ella (#17), Elle (#395), Ellen (#656), Ellie (#55), Elnora, Helen (#404), Helena (#502), Helene, Ileana, Ilene, Lana (#351), Lena (#279) and Lina (#767) are the prominent alternative forms of Elena (#121 the previous year) ranked in the Top 1000. This girl name reached the peak of its popularity during 1910-1919 and is somewhat less popular today, with forms like Alene, Elnora, Helen, Helene and Ilene becoming somewhat dated. The most trendy baby names in this list are Elaina (#281), Eleanor (#78), Ellie (#55), Lana (#351) and Lena (#279), with Eleanor, Ellie, Lana and Lena enjoying a rebound in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Alene, Alexandra, Aline, Eileen, Elaina, Elaine, Elayne, Eleanor, Elena, Elenora in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Eleonora, Elinor, Ella, Elle, Ellen, Ellie, Elnora, Helen, Helena, Helene in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ileana, Ilene, Lana, Lena, Lina in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Alexandra, Elaine, Eleanor, Elina, Ella outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Elle, Ellen, Ellie, Lena, Lina outside U.S.

Similar Names

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.