What does Helena mean?
Helena \he-le-na\ as a name for girls. Helena's name origins are Old French, Old German and Greek, and the meaning of Helena is "other, foreign; sun ray". Helena is a form of Eleanor (Old French, Old German). Helena is also a variant of Helen (Greek). See also Jelena and Lena.
Helena has 29 more different forms via Eleanor, Helen: Ailene, Alene▼, Elana, Elen, Elena, Eleni, Ellen▼, Ellene, Elna▼, Galina, Helaine, Heleanor, Helenann, Helene▼, Helenora, Helenore, Helia, Hella, Hellen▼, Hellene, Hellenor, Hellia, Ileana, Ilene▼, Ilona, Jelena, Lena, Nelda▼ and Yelena.
Helena is a very popular first name for females (#594 out of 4276, Top 14%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#68360 out of 150436, Top 45%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Helena for girls. Helena reached its peak position of #222 in the U.S. then, and is presently at #502. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Alene, Eleanor (#78 last year), Elena (#121), Ellen (#656), Elna, Helen (#404), Helene, Hellen, Ileana, Ilene, Lena (#279) and Nelda are the popular variation forms of Helena (#502 last year) rated in the Top 1000. Adoption of these girl names was at its peak during 1920-1929 (usage of 0.6237%) and has become significantly less since (usage 0.3046%, down 51.2%), with versions such as Helen, Helene, Hellen, Ilene and Nelda falling out of style. Eleanor (#78), Elena (#121), Helena (#502) and Lena (#279) are four of the more trendy girl names in this compilation, and there is also a rebound in birth name usage for Eleanor, Helena and Lena. Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of Helena and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)