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What does Elena mean?

Elena Pronunciation of Elena as a girls' name is pronounced eh-LAYN-ah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Elena is "sun ray". Italian and Spanish form of Helen. Also form of Alexandra. Also form of Eleanor. Also form of Ellen. Also form of Olena.


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, sun (star)


VARIANTS Alona, Elaina, Eleena, Eleni, Elina, Nelli

RELATIONS VIA HELEN Ailene, Alena, Alene, Aline, Alyona, Eileen, Elaine, Elana, Elayne, Eleanor, Elenora, Elenore, Eleonora, Elinor, Ella, Elle, Ellee, Ellen, Ellenora, Ellie, Ellin, Elly, Ellyn, Elnora, Galina, Halina, Helana, Heleena, Helena, Helene, Helenna, Hellena, Ileana, Ilene, Ilka, Ilona, Jelena, Lana, Leana, Lena, Leni, Lina, Yelena

(female) Eleda, ..

(male) Elean, ..

Elena Emory (E.E.), ..

How popular is Elena?

Elena is a very prominent first name for women (#412 out of 4276, Top 10%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#46839 out of 150436, Top 31%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Elena reached its highest rank of #66 in the U.S. in 2018. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Ailene, Alena (#736 FROM CURRENT RECORDS), Alene, Alexandra (#125), Aline, Alona, Eileen (#671), Elaina (#272), Elaine (#634), Elana (#1581), Elayne, Eleanor (#32), Eleni (#1726), Elenora, Elenore, Eleonora, Elina (#998), Elinor (#1399), Ella (#15), Elle (#380), Ellen (#770), Ellie (#37), Elly (#1603), Ellyn, Elnora, Helen (#413), Helena (#458), Helene, Ileana (#1928), Ilene, Ilona, Lana (#360), Leana, Lena (#301), Lina (#760) and Olena are the prominent alternative forms of Elena (#66). Other forms, like Ellin, are uncommon. These forms of Elena were favored by parents during 1910-1919 (MEDIAN #1079) and are now significantly less widespread (#1223, DOWN 61.7%). Ella has generally been preferred by parents, although Ellie seems to be becoming a favorite too, while versions such as Helene are now less common.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elena, Ailene, Alena, Alene, Alexandra in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Aline, Alona, Eileen, Elaina, Elaine in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elana, Elayne, Eleanor, Eleni, Elenora in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elenore, Eleonora, Elina, Elinor, Ella in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elle, Ellen, Ellie, Elly, Ellyn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elnora, Helen, Helena, Helene, Ileana in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ilene, Ilona, Lana, Leana, Lena in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lina, Olena in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Elena, Alexandra, Elaine, Eleanor, Elina outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ella, Elle, Ellen, Ellie, Lena, Lina outside U.S.

Similar Names

Elena is pronounced similarly to Alana, Alanah, Aleana, Alenah, Aleyna, Aliana, Aliena, Allana, Allina, Alwyna, Alyna, Alynah, Eilena, Eilona, Elainna, Elanie, Elanna, Eleana, Eliana, Elianna, Elliana, Elona, Ulani, Yalena and Yllona. Other recommended sound-alike names are Almena, Alzena, Amena, Arlena, Cleona, Dalena, Eddna, Edenia, Eena, Eilene, Eirena, Elaene, Elan, Elane, Elba, Eleen, Elen, Elene, Eletta, Elia, Elin, Eline, Ellene, Ellia, Ellma, Elma, Elmena, Elmera, Elna, Elon, Elveena, Elvena, Elvenia, Elyn, Elynn, Elyza, Elzina, Emera, Erena, Erene, Flana, Geena, Glenna, Jeena, Shena, Sylena, Urena, Vena, Xena and Zena. These names tend to be less frequently used than Elena.

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