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Gender: Female Meaning of Helena: "bright, shining light" Origin of Helena: Latinate form of Helen, Greek Helena's Popularity in 2017: #516

The name Helena is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "bright, shining light". Helena is ranked #516 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Saints' Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Which would you choose?".

From the experts:

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 girls' name 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

Saint Helena (born Flavia Iulia Helena Augusta), Consort of Roman Emperor Constantius Chlorus and mother of Constantine the Great
Helena Augusta Victoria; Princess of the U.K., Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, daughter of Queen Victoria
Helena Victoria (Victoria Louise Sophia Augusta Amelia Helena), Princess of Schleswig-Holstein, granddaughter of Queen Victoria
Helena, Princess of Waldeck and Pyrmont (Helene Friederike Auguste), Duchess of Albany; daughter-in-law of Queen Victoria
Helena Adelaide, Princess of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg (Helene Adelheid Viktoria Marie), Princess of Denmark
Helena of Nassau (Helene Wilhelmine Henriette Pauline Marianne von Nassau-Weilburg), Princess consort of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Helena, Princess of Waldeck and Pyrmont (Helene Bathildis Charlotte Maria Friederike), Hereditary Grand Duchess of Oldenburg
Helena Bonham Carter, English actress
Helena Devereux, American educator
Helena Dow, American Olympic fencer
Helena Modjeska, Polish-American actress
Helena Christensen, Danish model
Chaja "Helena" Rubinstein, Polish-American beauty mogul
Helena Mattsson, Swedish actress
Helena Suková, Czech tennis player
Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Russian philosopher
Helena Ivanovna Roerich, Russian philosopher
(Anni) Helena Takalo, Finnish Olympic cross country skier
Helena, queen of Adiabene in the First Century A.D.
Eleni "Elena/Helena" Paparizou, Greek-Swedish singer
Helena Teresa Góralska, Polish politician and economist
Helena Majdaniec, Polish singer
Halina Poświatowska (born Helena Myga), Polish poet
Helena Pilejczyk, Polish skater
Helena (born Felicja, pseudonym Lena) Wolińska, Polish politician and communist activist
Helena Grace Rutherford Girsch (b. 2009), daughter of American actress Kelly Rutherford

Pop Culture References for the name Helena

"Helena," song by The Misfits
"Helena," song by My Chemical Romance
Helena Henstridge, the queen of England on TV's "The Royals"
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 on TV's "Warehouse 13"
Helena Peabody, character on TV's "The L Word"
Helena Pierce, character in "Borderlands" video game
Helena Ravenclaw aka the Grey Lady, the Ravenclaw house ghost in the Harry Potter series
Helena Cassadine, character on soap "General Hospital"
Helena, a clone on TV's "Orphan Black"
"Helena," novel by Evelyn Waugh
Helena Jane, character in song "Hollywood's Not America" by Ferras
"Helena Beat", song by Foster the People
Helena, Montana, USA
Helena Bertinelli, "The Huntress" from DC Comics and TV Series "Arrow"