Meaning and name origin
Helena \he-le-na\ as a girl's name is of Old French, Old German and Greek origin, and the meaning of Helena is "other, foreign". Helena is a variant of Eleanor (Old French, Old German): from an Old French respelling of the Provenšal name Alienor, from German ali, though sometimes it is taken as a variant of Helen. See also Jelena and Lena.
Helena is a very popular first name for females (#594 out of 4276, Top 14%) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#63414 out of 88799, Top 71%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Helena for girls. Helena reached its highest rank of #222 in the U.S. in 1880-1889. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Helena and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Eleanor (#78), Lena (#279), Helen (#404) and Helena (#502). (2014 statistics).