Gender: Female Pronunciation: eh-LAY-nah, eh-LEN-ah, EL-en-ah Meaning of Elena: "bright, shining light" Origin of Elena: Spanish, Italian, German, Greek variation of Helen Elena's Popularity in 2018: #66

Elena Origin and Meaning

The name Elena is a girl's name of Spanish, Italian, Greek origin meaning "bright, shining light".

Elena, a pan-European version of Helen, has roots in Spanish, Italian, Slavic, and Romanian, among others. Helen, the name from which it derives, came from the Greek word helene, meaning “torch.” Alternate spellings include Elaina, Ellena, and Alena.

Elena has never been as popular in the US as it is now thanks to the overall popularity of El- names. It's more exotic than Ellen or Eleanor, but still accessible. It is also ranking other countries as well—it is highly popular in Spain, where it is pronounced eh-LEH-na. In the US, the eh-LAY-na pronunciation has traditionally been more common.

A worthy namesake is Elena Kagan, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, the fourth female to hold that position. Pseudonymous Italian writer Elena Ferrante, author of the Neapolitan Novels, is another famous Elena. A fictional bearer is Elena Gilbert, protagonist of The Vampire Diaries. and Elena Lincoln is a character in Fifty Shades of Grey.

16 names similar to Elena

These 16 names were selected by our users that were looking for other names like Elena. If you didn't find an alternative name that you like better than Elena, try our name generator. It allows you to go beyond the similarities of a name, which can provide a lot of inspiration!

Find other names based on Elena using our baby name generator.


Rank in US: #66

- this week

Famous People Named Elena

Pop Culture References for the name Elena

Elaina, Lena, Elina, Eleen, Elene, Elen, Eleena, Elenitsa, Elenola, Elenoa, Elenka, Ellena, Eleana, Elana, Elenna


Log in to leave a comment on Elena