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, Top 0%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#33649 out of 88799, Top 38%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Helen for girls (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Helen and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Ella (#17), Nora (#49), Ellie (#55), Eleanor (#78), Elena (#121), Alina (#192), Alana (#198), Lena (#279), Elaina (#281), Lana (#351), Elle (#395), Helen (#404), Helena (#502), Alanna (#526), Aileen (#562), Alena (#617), Elaine (#654), Ellen (#656), Eileen (#711), Leanna (#725), Elin (#733), Lina (#767), Leonora, Lenore, Leonore, Nelly, Nellie, Nell, Nelda, Leora, Ellinor, Eleanore, Eleni, Elayne, Eilidh, Alene, Aline, Elenora, Eleonora, Hellen, Ileana, Helene, Elnora, Elinor, Elly and Ilene. (2014 statistics).