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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 on this name, 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 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)

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

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

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). These girl names reached the peak of their popularity during 1910-1919 (usage of 0.4767%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.3707%, down 22.3%), 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. Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the girl name Elena and associated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

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.