What does Yelena mean?
Yelena \ye-le-na\ as a girls' name means "sun ray". Yelena is a variant of Helen (Greek). Yelena is also a derivative of Jelena (Russian, Greek): variant of Helena via Helen. Yelena is also used as a derivative of Yalena (Russian, Greek).
Yelena has 48 more related forms via Helen, Jelena, Yalena: Aileen▲, Ailene, Alene▼, Aline▼, Eileen▼, Elenora▼, Ella▲, Elle▲, Ellee, Ellen▼, Ellenora, Ellin, Ellyn, Galina, Halina, Helaina, Helaine, Helana, Heleanor, Heleena, Helena▲, Helenann, Helene▼, Helenna, Helenore, Helia, Hella, Hellen▼, Hellena, Hellene, Hellenor, Hellia, Ilene▼, Jalaina, Jalayna, Jalena, Jelina, Jelka, Lana▲, Lena▲, Lenya, Leora▼, Lina▼, Nelda▼, Nell▼, Nelliana, Nellie▼ and Nelly.
Yelena is a somewhat prominent first name for women (#3593 out of 4276, Top 84%) but an unusual last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Below is a charted analysis of the usage of Yelena and affiliated names. Aileen (#562 the previous year), Alene, Aline, Eileen (#711), Elaina (#281), Elena (#121), Elenora, Ella (#17), Elle (#395), Ellen (#656), Helen (#404), Helena (#502), Helene, Hellen, Ileana, Ilene, Lana (#351), Lena (#279), Leora, Lina (#767), Nelda, Nell, Nellie and Nelly are the popular variation forms of Yelena (#unlisted) rated in the Top 1000. Adoption of this girl name was at its peak during the years 1910-1919 and is now significantly less, with forms such as Helen, Ilene, Leora, Nelda and Nellie falling out of style. The more fashionable girl names in this compilation are Elaina (#281), Elena (#121), Helena (#502), Lana (#351) and Lena (#279), with Helena, Lana and Lena enjoying a rebound in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Yelena is alike in pronunciation to Alena▲, Allena, Eilena, Ellena, Ilena, Olena and Yllona. Other suggested similar baby names are Celena, Delena and Selena▲. These names tend to be less commonly used than Yelena.