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.
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)
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)