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Meaning and Name Origin

Helen \he-len\ as a girls' 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. Writer Helen Keller; actresses Helen Hayes, Helen Hunt, Helen Mirren, Helena Bonham-Carter; publisher Helen Gurley Brown; singer Helen Reddy.


Helen has 78 variants: Aileen, Ailene, Aleanor, Alene, Aline, Eileen, Eilidh, Elaina, Elaine, Elana, Elayne, Eleanor, Eleanore, Elena, Eleni, Elenora, Elenore, Eleonora, Elianora, Elinor, Ella, Elladine, Elle, Elleanora, Ellee, Ellen, Ellenora, Ellette, Ellie, Ellin, Elliner, Ellinor, Elly, Ellyn, Elnora, Galina, Halina, Helaina, Helaine, Helana, Heleanor, Heleena, Helena, Helenann, Helene, Helene, Helenna, Helenore, 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.

For more information, see also related girl names Alana, Alena, Alina, Elen, Elin, Leanna, Olena and Yalena.


Helen is a very popular first name for women (#15 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#33649 out of 88799, Top 38%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Helen for girls. Helen reached its apex rank of #2 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, and is at #404 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Helen and corresponding names. Prominent alternative forms of Helen (#404 last year) listed in the Top 1000 are Aileen (#562 last year), Alana (#198), Alena (#617), Alene, Alina (#192), Aline, Eileen (#711), Eilidh, Elaina (#281), Elaine (#654), Elayne, Eleanor (#78), Eleanore, Elena (#121), Elenora, Eleonora, Elin (#733), Elinor, Ella (#17), Elle (#395), Ellen (#656), Ellie (#55), Ellinor, Elnora, Helena (#502), Helene, Hellen, Ileana, Ilene, Lana (#351), Leanna (#725), Lena (#279), Lenore, Leonora, Leonore, Leora, Lina (#767), Nelda, Nell, Nellie, Nelly and Nora (#49). These girl names were at the top of their popularity during 1910-1919 and are now much less popular, with versions like Helen, Ilene, Leanna, Lenore and Leonora falling out of fashion. The most trendy girl names in this list are Elaina (#281), Eleanor (#78), Elin (#733), Lena (#279) and Nora (#49), with Eleanor, Lena and Nora having a rekindling in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Aileen, Alana, Alena, Alene, Alina, Aline, Eileen, Elaina, Elaine, Elayne in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Eleanor, Eleanore, Elena, Elenora, Eleonora, Elin, Elinor, Ella, Elle, Ellen in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ellie, Elnora, Helen, Helena, Helene, Hellen, Ileana, Ilene, Lana, Leanna in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Lena, Lenore, Leonora, Leonore, Leora, Lina, Nelda, Nell, Nellie, Nelly in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Nora in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Alana, Eilidh, Elaine, Eleanor, Elin outside U.S.

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lena, Lina, Nellie, Nora outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Belen and Helma. These names tend to be less frequently used than Helen.