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Meaning and name origin
Helen \he-len\ as a girl's name is pronounced HEL-en. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Helen is "sun ray". Mythology: the abduction of Zeus's mortal daughter, Helen of Troy, resulted in the Trojan War. Hers was "the face that launched a thousand ships". There was a Saint Helena, mother to Constantine the Great, whose purity allowed her to discover the True Cross. See also Alanna. Writer Helen Keller; actresses Helen Hayes, Helen Hunt, Helen Mirren, Helena Bonham-Carter; publisher Helen Gurley Brown; singer Helen Reddy.
Helen has 78 variant forms: Aileen, Ailene, Aleanor, Alene, Aline, Eileen, Eilidh, Elaina, Elaine, Elana, Elayne, Eleanor, Eleanore, Elena, Eleni, Elenora, Elenore, Eleonora, Elianora, Elinor, Ella, Elladine, Elleanora, Elle, Ellee, Ellen, Ellenora, Ellette, Ellie, Ellin, Elliner, Ellinor, Elly, Ellyn, Elnora, Galina, Halina, Helaina, Helaine, Helana, Heleanor, Heleena, Helenore, Helena, Helene, Helenann, Helenna, Helene, Helia, Hella, Hellen, Hellena, Hellene, Hellenor, Hellia, Ileana, Ilene, Ilona, Jelena, Lana, Leanora, Lena, Lenore, Leonara, Leonora, Leonore, Leora, Lienor, Lina, Nelda, Nell, Nellette, Nelliana, Nellie, Nelly, Nonnie, Nora and Yelena.
Helen is a very popular first name for females (#15 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#33649 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Helen for girls (2015 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Helen and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Aileen, Alana, Alanna, Alena, Alene, Alina, Aline, Eileen, Eilidh, Elaina, Elaine, Elayne, Eleanor, Eleanore, Elena, Eleni, Elenora, Eleonora, Elin, Elinor, Ella, Elle, Ellen, Ellie, Ellinor, Elly, Elnora, Helen, Helena, Helene, Hellen, Ileana, Ilene, Lana, Leanna, Lena, Lenore, Leonora, Leonore, Leora, Lina, Nelda, Nell, Nellie, Nelly and Nora. (2015 statistics).
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