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What does Helena mean?

Helena \he-le-na\ as a name for girls has the meaning "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 6 variants: Halina, Helaina, Helana, Heleena, Helenna and Hellena.

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 a slightly less popular last name for all people (#63414 out of 88799, Top 71%). (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. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

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

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

Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of Helena and related names. 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). Adoption of this girl name was at its peak during the years 1920-1929 and has become significantly less since, 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, with Eleanor, Helena and Lena going through a rebound in usage. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Alene, Eleanor, Elena, Ellen, Elna, Helen, Helena, Helene, Hellen, Ileana in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ilene, Lena, Nelda in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Celena, Delena, Helima, Helma and Selena. These names tend to be less commonly used than Helena.