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 "Makeover 10 times".
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.