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What does Hellen mean?

Hellen Pronunciation of Hellen [hellen] as a girls' name is of Greek origin, and the meaning of the name Hellen is "sun ray". Hellen is a variant form of Helen (Greek): linked to Greek hÍlios "sun".

Associated with: greek, sun.


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

22 more alternative forms via Helen: Aileen, Eileen, Elle, Ellee, Ellen, Ellin, Ellyn, Helaina, Helana, Heleena, Helena, Helenna, Helia, Hella, Hellena, Hellenor, Hellia, Jelena, Nell, Nellie, Nelly and Yelena.

Creative forms:
(female) Heulen, ..

(male) Hellel, Hellyn, ..

Middle name pairings:
Hellen Abigail (H.A.), ..

How popular is Hellen?

Hellen is a very prominent first name for females (#1417 out of 4276, Top 33%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#33090 out of 150436, Top 22%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Hellen reached its peak rank of #552 in the U.S. in the 1920s, but is not listed currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related girl names. Popular related forms of Hellen are Aileen (#515 via latest list), Eileen (#694), Elle (#398), Ellen (#705), Ellyn, Helaine, Helen (#419), Helena (#534), Helene, Nell, Nellie (#1247) and Nelly (#1724). Adoption of these forms of Hellen reached its peak a century ago (median #761) and has become significantly diminished since (#1248, down 97%). Helen has generally been preferred by parents, although Elle seems to be gaining favor too, while versions like Hellen are now less common.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Hellen, Aileen, Eileen, Elle, Ellen in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ellyn, Helaine, Helen, Helena, Helene in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

Hellen is pronounced similarly to Heulwen. Other suggested similar names are Belen, Belle, Callen, Delle, Dellene, Fallen, Halle, Halley, Heaven, Hedlea (see Hadley), Hedley, Helima, Helje, Helle, Hellee, Helma, Hille, Holle, Hollee, Holles, Holley, Joellen, Kellan, Kellee, Kelleen, Kellen, Kelley, Kellyn, Nelle, Nellene, Nelley, Nellwen and Suellen. These names tend to be less commonly used than Hellen.

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