Meaning and name origin
Yelena \ye-le-na\ as a girl's name is of Greek and Russian origin, and the meaning of Yelena is "sun ray". Yelena is a variant of Helen (Greek); mythology: the abduction of Zeus's mortal daughter, Helen of Troy, resulted in the Trojan War. Also a variant of Jelena (Russian, Greek): variant of Helena via Helen. Yelena is also used as a variant of Yalena (Russian, Greek).
Yelena is a somewhat popular first name for females (#3593 out of 4276, Top 84%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Yelena and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Elena (#121), Elaina (#281), Helen (#404), Ileana and Eleni. (2014 statistics).
Yelena is also pronounced similarly to Alena▲, Allena, Eilena, Ellena, Ilena, Olena and Yllona. Other suggested similar baby names are Celena, Delena, Helena▲ and Selena▲. These names tend to be less commonly used than Yelena.