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What does Helena mean?

Helena Pronunciation of Helena [he-le-na] as a name for girls is a Greek name, and the meaning of Helena is "other, foreign; sun ray". Helena is an alternate form of Eleanor (Old French, Old German). Helena is also a Latin form of Helen (Greek). See also Jelena and Lena.

Associated with: greek, sun.


Helena has 6 variants: Halina, Helaina, Helana, Heleena, Helenna and Hellena.

32 more different relations via Eleanor, Helen: Ailene, Alena, Alene, Elana, Elen, Elena, Eleni, Ellen, Ellene, Elna, Galina, Helaine, Heleanor, Heleen, Helenann, Helene, Helenora, Helenore, Helia, Hella, Hellen, Hellene, Hellenor, Hellia, Ileana, Ilene, Ilona, Jelena, Leana, Lena, Nelda and Yelena.

Creative forms:
(female) Hilena, ..

(male) Helan, ..

Middle name pairings:
Helena Taylor (H.T.), ..

How popular is Helena?

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)

Helena entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its peak position of #222 in the U.S. then, and is presently at #534. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Helena name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Ailene, Alena (#596 from recent data), Alene, Elana (#1522), Eleanor (#60), Elena (#106), Eleni (#1595), Ellen (#705), Ellene, Elna, Helaine, Helen (#419), Helene, Hellen, Ileana, Ilene, Ilona, Leana, Lena (#272) and Nelda are the popular variation forms of Helena (#534 from recent data) rated in the Top 2000. Usage of these relations of Helena was more pronounced among parents in the 1920s (median #985) and has become significantly diminished since (#1419, 88% less usage). Helen has historically been popular among parents, though Elena has grown trendy as well, while versions like Hellen used to be popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Helena, Ailene, Alena, Alene, Elana in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Eleanor, Elena, Eleni, Ellen, Ellene in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elna, Helaine, Helen, Helene, Hellen in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ileana, Ilene, Ilona, Leana, Lena, Nelda in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Eleanor, Elena, Ellen, Lena outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Allena, Belen, Belenda, Belona, Ceilena, Celeena, Celena, Celene, Celenia, Celina, Celyna, Cerena, Colena, Dalena, Delana, Deleena, Delena, Delene, Ellena, Galena, Geena, Halea, Haleema, Haleima, Halima, Halma, Hedlea (see Hadley), Heledd, Helga, Helima, Helisa, Helma, Helmina, Hena, Heulwen, Hilma, Ilena, Jeena, Jelina, Jolena, Kalena, Keena, Kerena, Leena, Malena, Meena, Melana, Meleena, Melene, Melesa, Melina, Melvena, Milena, Neena, Olena, Orlena, Raelena, Salena, Selena, Selene, Selenia, Selenna, Selyna, Serena, Sylena, Teena, Terena, Tylena, Valena, Verena, Yalena, Zeena, Zelenia, Zelenya and Zelina. These names tend to be less commonly used than Helena.

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