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What does Helene mean?

Helene Pronunciation of Helene [he-lene] as a name for girls is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Helene is "other, foreign; sun ray". Helene is a variant form of Eleanor (Old French, Old German). Helene is also a French, German, Scandinavian form of Helen (Greek).

Associated with: scandinavian, greek, sun.


Helene has 4 variants: Helaine, Heleen, Hellen and Hellene.

31 more relations via Eleanor, Helen: Ailene, Alena, Alene, Aline, Elen, Elena, Eleni, Ellee, Ellen, Ellene, Halina, Helaina, Helana, Heleanor, Heleena, Heleentje, Helena, Helenann, Helenna, Helenora, Helenore, Helia, Hella, Hellena, Hellenor, Hellia, Ilene, Jelena, Nelle, Nellie and Yelena.

Creative forms:
(female) Halene, ..

(male) Helean, ..

Middle name pairings:
Helene Eileen (H.E.), ..

How popular is Helene?

Helene is a very popular first name for women (#551 out of 4276, Top 13%) but a unique surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Helene reached its highest position of #237 in the U.S. in the 1910s, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Eleanor (#60 from recent data), Elena (#106), Helen (#419), Helena (#534), Alena (#596), Ellen (#705), Nellie (#1247), Eleni (#1595), Nelle, Hellen, Ilene, Ellene, Alene, Aline, Ailene and Helaine are the prominent varying forms of Helene. Usage of these relations of Helene reached its apex 95 years ago (adoption of 5.8%) and is now significantly lower (adoption 0.6%, 89%), with versions like Nellie becoming somewhat dated. Elena and Alena are two of the more trendy girl names here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Helene, Ailene, Alena, Alene, Aline in U.S.

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Helaine, Helen, Helena, Hellen, Ilene in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nelle, Nellie in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Helene is pronounced similarly to Heulwen and Jaline. Other suggested similar names are Allene, Arlene, Belen, Celena, Celene, Celenne, Celine, Colene, Dalene, Delane, Delena, Delene, Deline, Dellene, Delyne, Eilene, Elene, Erlene, Evelene, Harlene, Heledd, Helima, Helje, Helle, Hellee, Helma, Illene, Irelene, Jenene, Jolene, Kaelene, Kalene, Kylene, Melene, Meline, Mylene, Nellene, Noelene, Nolene, Orlene, Raelene, Reene, Roelene, Rolene, Selena, Selene, Seline, Selyne, Serene, Talene, Valene, Verene, Verlene, Zelene and Zeline. These names tend to be less frequently used than Helene.

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