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Gender: F Meaning of Elaine: "bright, shining one" Origin of Elaine: French variation of Helen Elaine's Popularity in 2013: #767

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This old French form of Helen has had quite a history, going from appearing as one of the shining heroines of the Arthurian legends, the princess who fell in love with Sir Lancelot and became the mother of Sir Galahad, referred to as 'Elaine the fair' and 'Elaine the lovable', to being the name of the most famous of New York's celebrity restaurants, to being the archetypal New York neurotic on Seinfeld.
Elaine entered the Top 100 in the early 1920s, and remained there for close to forty years, peaking at Number 42. Now, after a long slump, we see signs of a possible rise along with all the other El-names. Attractive variations include Elena and Eliana.

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Famous People Named Elaine

Elaine Hendrix, American actress
Elaine May, American director/actress
Elaine Yiu, Hong Kong actress
Elaine Ingham, American microbiologist
Elaine Hamilton-O'Neal, American painter
Elaine Lobl Konigsburg, writer & winner of two Newbery medals, (AKA E.L. Konigsburg)
Elaine Miles, American actress
Elaine Stritch, Broadway musical icon

Pop Culture References for the Name Elaine

Elaine Marie Benes, main character from U.S. hit series "Seinfeld"'
Elaine of Astolat, Arthurian legends
Elaine Jenkinson, from the British TV series "Broadchurch"
Lady Elaine, antagonist in Barbara Cartland's book The Ruthless Rake
Elaine Austen, character in video game "Sims 3" Moonlight Bay
Elaine Robinson, character from American novel and film, "The Graduate"

Alaina, Alayna, Alayne, Allaine, Eilane, Elaene, Elain, Elainea, Elaini, Elainia, Elainna, Elan, Elana, Elane, Elania, Elanie, Elanit, Elanna, Elauna, Elayna, Elayne, Ellaina, Ellaine, Ellane, Ellayne, Lainey, Layney

Elaine's International Variations

Elaina (French) Elena (Italian) Eline (Scandinavian)