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Gender: F Pronunciation: ee-LAY-na Meaning of Elena: "bright, shining one" Origin of Elena: Spanish variation of Helen Elena's Popularity in 2013: #132

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Elena, the pan-European version of Helen has never been as popular in the U.S. as it is now--ranking at Number 132--due to the overall popularity of E-names, and to Elena's accessibility as what we might call 'exotic lite.' It is also ranking other countries as well--it is Number 80 in Germany.

A worthy namesake is Elena Kagan, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, the fourth female to hold that position. A fictional bearer is Elena Gilbert, protagonist of The Vampire Diaries. and Elena Lincoln is a character in Fifty Shades of Grey.

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Famous People Named Elena

Elena "Ellie" Goulding, English singer
Elena Goode, American actress
Elena Kagan, supreme court justice
Elena Kitic, daughter of Serbian stars Mile Kitic & Marta Savic
Elena Slivnyak, fashion designer & contestant on Project Runway
Elena Vesnina, Russian tennis player

Pop Culture References for the Name Elena

Elena Tyler, character from the 1998 television series "Felicity" portrayed by Tangi Miller.
Elena Ramos, character from US TV show "Dallas"
Elena Fischer, character in the video game 'Uncharted'
Elena Gilbert, female protagonist of The Vampire Diaries (vampire)
Elena Michaels, female protagonist in "Women of the Otherworld" (werewolf)
Elena Lincoln, Fifty Shades of Grey character ("Mrs. Robinson")
Godmother Elena, "The Fairy Godmother" protagonist
Elena, Daemon Spade's lover in the series, 'Katekyo Hitman Reborn!'

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