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What does Helena mean?

Helena /he-le-na/ as a name for girls. Helena's name origin is Greek, 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.

Helena has 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.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Heleone, Hilena, ..

(male) Helan, Helehas, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the baby name history of Helena for girls. Helena entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its peak position of #222 in the U.S. then, and is presently at #502. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Ailene, Alena (#617 from recent data), Alene, Elana (#1361), Eleanor (#78), Elena (#121), Eleni (#1425), Ellen (#656), Ellene, Elna, Helaine, Helen (#404), Helene, Hellen, Ileana, Ilene, Ilona, Leana, Lena (#279) and Nelda are the popular variation forms of Helena (#502 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 (#1402, 89% 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, 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.