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What does Yelena mean?

Yelena /ye-le-na/ as a girls' name. Yelena's name origin is Greek, and Yelena means "sun ray". Yelena is a Russian form of Helen (Greek): linked to Greek hÍlios "sun". Yelena is also a derivative of Jelena (Russian, Greek). Yelena is also used as a derivative of Yalena (Russian, Greek).


Yelena has 8 variants: Alena, Alyona, Elaina, Elana, Elena, Eleni, Ileana and Ilona.

Yelena has 26 more related forms via Helen, Jelena, Yalena: Ailene, Alene, Ellen, Galina, Halina, Helaina, Helana, Heleen, Heleena, Helena, Helenann, Helene, Helenna, Helia, Hella, Hellen, Hellena, Hellene, Hellia, Ilene, Jalena, Jelina, Jelka, Leana, Lena and Nelda.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Yelenia, Yulena, ..

(male) Yeleen, Yeleny, ..

How popular is Yelena?

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)


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

Ailene, Alena (#617 the previous year), Alene, Elaina (#281), Elana (#1361), Elena (#121), Eleni (#1425), Ellen (#656), Helen (#404), Helena (#502), Helene, Hellen, Ileana, Ilene, Ilona, Leana, Lena (#279) and Nelda are the popular variation forms of Yelena (outside Top 2000) rated in the Top 2000. Adoption of these forms of Yelena was at its peak in the 1900s (adoption of 5.77%) and is now significantly diminished (adoption 0.43%, 92%), with forms such as Nelda becoming less in vogue. Alena, Elaina and Elena are three of the more chic names for newborns here. Below is a charted analysis of the usage of Yelena and affiliated names. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ailene, Alena, Alene, Elaina, Elana in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elena, Eleni, Ellen, Helen, Helena in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Helene, Hellen, Ileana, Ilene, Ilona in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Leana, Lena, Nelda in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Yelena is alike in pronunciation to Alana, Aleana, Aleena, Alenah, Aliena, Alina, Allana, Allina, Allona, Allyna, Alona, Alyna, Eilona, Eleana, Eleena, Elina, Ellena, Ellona, Elona, Ewelina, Ilena, Illona, Iolana, Olena and Olina. Other suggested similar names are Arlena, Belenda, Ceilena, Celena, Celenia, Celina, Celyna, Colena, Dalena, Delana, Deleena, Delene, Felina, Galena, Geena, Jeena, Jolena, Julena, Kalena, Keena, Leena, Melana, Meleena, Melene, Melesa, Melina, Melvena, Milena, Neena, Orlena, Reena, Regena, Salena, Selene, Selenia, Selenna, Selina, Selyna, Sylena, Talena, Teena, Terena, Tylena, Veena, Verena, Yemina, Yulenka, Zeena, Zelenia and Zelenya. These names tend to be less commonly used than Yelena.