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Gender: F Meaning of Helena: "bright, shining one" Origin of Helena: Latinate form of Helen, Greek Helena's Popularity in 2013: #549

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Helena is a more delicate and dainty version of Helen, a favorite of Shakespeare, who used it in both All's Well That Ends Well and A Midsummer's Night Dream. Historically, Helena was the mother of Constantine the Great (and, supposedly, the daughter of Old King Cole), who became a fourth century saint--Evelyn Waugh wrote his only historical novel, Helena, based on her story.

British star Helena Bonham Carter and Danish model Helena Christensen have done much to keep the name alive, and it is also remembered via beauty mogul Helena Rubinstein. Helena is also the title of a song by the group My Chemical Romance.

Helena is a recommended choice for those who find the classic version a bit bland.

HELL-ehn-a is the best modern pronunciation for Helena, but hell-AYN-a or even hell-EEN-a work too.

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Famous People Named Helena

Helena Bonham-Carter, British actress
Helena Devereux, American educator
Helena Dow, American fencer
Helena Modjeska, Polish-American actress
Helena Christensen, Danish model
Helena Rubinstein, beauty mogul
Helena Mattsson, Swedish actress
Princess Helena of Great Britain, daughter of Queen Victoria

Pop Culture References for the Name Helena

Helena, the capital city of Montana
St. Helena, a city in California
"Helena," novel by Evelyn Waugh
"Helena", song by My Chemical Romance
Helena Jane, from the song "Hollywood's Not America"
"Helena Beat", song by Foster the People
Helena Harford, daughter in movie "Eyes Wide Shut"
Helena Harper, character in the game "Resident Evil 6"
Helena G. Wells, a female version of the author H.G. Wells in the American TV show "Warehouse 13"
Helena Peabody, character in the American TV show "The L Word"
Helena Ravenclaw, the Ravenclaw house ghost in the Harry Potter series, also known as the Grey Lady.
Helena Cassadine, character on TV's "General Hospital"
Helena, a clone in the Canadian sci-fi series "Orphan Black"