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Gender: Female Meaning of Helene: "bright, shining one" Origin of Helene: French variation of Helen

The name Helene is a girl's name of French origin meaning "bright, shining one". Helene and is often added to lists like Classic Baby Names with a Twist and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

From the experts:

Whether it's pronounced with an "een" or an "aine" or an "enn" sound at the end, Helene doesn't feel as current the more forthright Helen or the airier Helena. Helene reached a high of Number 228 in the US in 1916, when ene, ine and een names were all the fashion, and stayed in the Top 500 until 1962, making a final exit in 1970. It still ranks well in its native France, and even more in Norway (#70). Model Heidi Klum's daughter 'Leni' has Helene on her birth certificate.

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Famous People Named Helene

Hélène Louise Henriette, Princess of Orléans; Duchess of Aosta; daughter of Prince Philippe
Hélène Cixous, French feminist poet, writer and philosopher
Helene Emma Madison, American Olympic swimmer
Helene Engelmann, Austrian figure skater
Hélène Grimaud, French pianist
Helene Fischer, German singer
Hélène Conway-Mouret, French Senator
Hélène Flautre, French MEP
Hélène Goudin, Swedish MEP
Hélène LeBlanc, Canadian MP
Hélène Laverdière, Canadian MP
Helene Mayer, German Olympic fencer
Helene Rother, German auto designer
Hélène Joy, Australian-Canadian actress
Helene White, U.S. federal judge
Anna Helene Paquin, New Zealand actress
Helene Boshoven Klum Samuel, daughter of Heidi Klum and Flavio Briatore
Helene Claire Stewart (b. 2013), daughter of American actor French Stewart
Helene Deconninick, French rhythmic gymnast

Pop Culture References for the name Helene

Also pronounced like Hel-ay-na
Helene Kuragin, character in Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace"
Celeste Marie Helene Dubois, witch on TV's "The Originals"
Helene Aquilla, character in Sabaa Tahir's "An Ember in the Ashes."


ceruleanstardust Says:


Is this pronounced heh-lay-nee?

ShiningMoon Says:


Lovely name! Although it´s a little common where I live.

Helene Anthony Dean Says:


This is my name and I love it!

amybaldwin Says:


Love this name it's a nice break-away from Helen or Helena or Elena even (which are all beautiful!) I just like this because it's not often heard

Paige_Mackenzie Says:


This name is beautiful! A wonderful and uncommon name to consider when honoring a Helen!

MarieLalie Says:


I love this name soooo much!