Helene

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

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.

Famous People Named Helene

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

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."