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Gender: F Pronunciation: ee-LAY-na Meaning of Elena: "bright, shining light" Origin of Elena: Spanish variation of Helen Elena's Popularity in 2016: #94

Elena, the pan-European version of Helen has never been as popular in the U.S. as it is now -- ranking at Number 94 -- 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 20 in Spain.

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.

Famous People Named Elena

Elena Petrović-Njegoš of Montenegro, Queen consort of Victor Emmanuel III of Italy and Albania
Elena Jane "Ellie" Goulding, English singer
Elena Kagan, U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Elena Alexandrovna Likhovtseva, Russian tennis player
Elena Băsescu, Romanian MEP
Elena Ferrante, penname of an unknown Italian novelist
Elena Gant, reality TV personality from "Little Women: LA"
Elena Goode, American actress
Elena María Isabel Dominica de Silos de Borbón y de Grecia, Infanta of Spain; Duchess of Lugo; daughter of Juan Carlos I
Elena, Princess of Romania; daughter of Michael I
Elena Delle Donne, American basketball player
Elena Bibescu, Romanian princess and pianist
Elena Olegovna Bovina, Russian tennis player
Elena Radionova, Russian figure skater
Elena Sergeevna Baltacha, Ukrainian-British tennis player
Elena Slivnyak, fashion designer and former "Project Runway" contestant
Elena Vesnina, Russian tennis player
Elena Viatcheslavovna Dementieva, Russian tennis player
Eleni "Elena" Paparizou, Greek-Swedish singer
Elena Eremina, Russian gymnast
Elena Arenas, American gymnast
Elena Neill (b. 1991), daughter of actor Sam Neill
Elena Kitic (b. 1998), daughter of Serbian stars Mile Kitic & Marta Savic

Pop Culture References for the name Elena

Elena Gilbert, character in The Vampire Diaries series
Elena "Helene" Vasilyevna Kuragina, character from Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace
Elena Castillo Flores of Avalor, Disney Princess on animated series "Elena of Avalor"
Elena Tyler, character on TV's "Felicity"
Elena Ramos, character on TV's "Dallas"
Elena Fisher, character in the video game 'Uncharted'
Elena Lincoln, character in the Fifty Shades of Grey series
Godmother Elena, main character in "The Fairy Godmother"
Elena, Daemon Spade's lover in the series, 'Katekyo Hitman Reborn!'
Elena, character in the game 'Final Fantasy VII'
Elena Derevko, character on TV's Alias
Elena, character in the Street Fighter video games
Elena Greco, heroine and narrator of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels
Elena Galathynius Havilliard, half-fae Queen from the Throne of Glass novels
Elena Antonov Michaels Danvers, main character in Kelley Armstrong "Women of the Otherworld"
Elena Alvarez, character in Netflix's "One Day At A Time"

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