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Gender: Female Meaning of Yelena: "bright, shining one" Origin of Yelena: Russian variation of Helen

The name Yelena is a girl's name of Russian origin meaning "bright, shining one". Yelena and is often added to lists like International Variations of Helen and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

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Famous People Named Yelena

Yelena Gadzhievna Isinbayeva, Russian pole vaulter
Yelena Borisovna Mizulina, Russian politician
Yelena Viktorovna Davydova, Russian-Canadian gymnast
Yelena Georgievna Bonner, Turkmen Soviet activist
Yelena Borisovna Skrynnik, Russian cabinet minister
Yelena Sergeyevna Produnova, Russian gymnast
Yelena Olegovna Serova, Russian cosmonaut

Pop Culture References for the name Yelena

Yelena, many of Koschei's wives in "Deathless" by Catherynne M. Valente
Yelena Liana Zaltana, main character in Maria V. Snyder's "Poison Study" series

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