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What does Elena mean?

Elena Pronunciation of Elena [ele-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.

Associated with: greek, sun (star).


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

Related girl names: Alexandra, Eleanor, Ellen and Olena.

43 more relations via Helen: Ailene, Alena, Alene, Aline, Alyona, 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, Ilka, Ilona, Jelena, Lana, Leana, Lena, Leni, Lina and Yelena.

Creative forms:
(female) Eleda, Elinna, ..

(male) Elean, Elenan, ..

Middle name pairings:
Elena Brylee (E.B.), ..

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)

Elena reached its highest rank of #106 in the U.S. in 2015. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Ailene, Alena (#596 from current records), Alene, Alexandra (#101), Aline, Alona, Eileen (#694), Elaina (#291), Elaine (#673), Elana (#1522), Elayne, Eleanor (#60), Eleni (#1595), Elenora, Elenore, Eleonora, Elina (#1056), Elinor (#1413), Ella (#18), Elle (#398), Ellen (#705), Ellie (#47), Elly (#1474), Ellyn, Elnora, Helen (#419), Helena (#534), Helene, Ileana, Ilene, Ilona, Lana (#353), Leana, Lena (#272), Lina (#857) and Olena are the prominent alternative forms of Elena (#106 from current records). Other forms, like Ellin, are uncommon. These forms of Elena were favored by parents during 1920-1929 (median #1078) and are now significantly less widespread (#1221, down 66%). Helen has generally been preferred by parents, though Ella is currently the top form, while versions such as Helene are now less common.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elena, Ailene, Alena, Alene, Alexandra in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Aline, Alona, Eileen, Elaina, Elaine in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elana, Elayne, Eleanor, Eleni, Elenora in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elenore, Eleonora, Elina, Elinor, Ella in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elle, Ellen, Ellie, Elly, Ellyn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elnora, Helen, Helena, Helene, Ileana in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ilene, Ilona, Lana, Leana, Lena in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lina, Olena in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

Elena is pronounced similarly to Alana, Alanah, Aleana, Alenah, Aleyna, Aliana, Aliena, Allana, Allina, Alwyna, Alyna, Alynah, Eilena, Eilona, Elainna, Elanie, Elanna, Eleana, Eliana, Elianna, Elliana, Elona, Ulani, Yalena and Yllona. Other recommended names are Almena, Alzena, Amena, Arlena, Cleona, Dalena, Eddna, Edenia, Eena, Eilene, Eirena, Elaene, Elan, Elane, Elba, Eleen, Elen, Elene, Eletta, Elia, Elin, Eline, Ellene, Ellia, Ellma, Elma, Elmena, Elmera, Elna, Elon, Elveena, Elvena, Elvenia, Elyn, Elynn, Elyza, Elzina, Emera, Erena, Erene, Flana, Geena, Glenna, Jeena, Shena, Sylena, Urena, Vena, Xena and Zena. These names tend to be less frequently used than Elena.

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