Helen et. all

Like Katherine and Elizabeth, there are many variations of the Greek name Helen, from around the world.
  1. Alena
    • Origin:

      Variation of Helen
    • Description:

      Alena is a modern variant of Helen. Alena might also be a spelling twist on the Slavic Alina or a long form of Lena.
  2. Alina
    • Origin:

      Slavic
    • Meaning:

      "bright, beautiful"
    • Description:

      Alina has been drifting up the US popularity charts since the early 1980s, now nearing the Top 100. But Alina's real strength is in its international flexibility: The name ranks highly in a wide range of European, English speaking, and Latin American countries.
  3. Elaine
    • Origin:

      French and Scottish
    • Meaning:

      "bright, shining light"
    • Description:

      This old Scottish form of Helen has had quite a history, going from appearing as one of the shining heroines of the Arthurian legends, the princess who fell in love with Sir Lancelot and became the mother of Sir Galahad, referred to as 'Elaine the fair' and 'Elaine the lovable', to being the name of the most famous of New York's celebrity restaurants, to being the archetypal New York neurotic on Seinfeld.
  4. Eleanor
    • Origin:

      English variation of French Provencal Alienor, meaning unknown
    • Description:

      Eleanor's straightforward feminine image combined with its royal medieval history is striking just the right note for parents in search of a girls' name that combines substance and style.
  5. Elena
    • Origin:

      Spanish, Italian, German, Greek variation of Helen
    • Meaning:

      "bright, shining light"
    • Description:

      Elena is at its most popular point ever in the US, thanks to its cross-cultural appeal and the overall popularity of El- names. It's more international than Ellen or Eleanor, but still accessible.
  6. Eleni
    • Origin:

      Greek variation of Helen
    • Description:

      A common choice in Greece, Eleni is starting to rise in the US thanks to its bouncy rhythm and trendy I ending.
  7. Elin
    • Origin:

      Swedish variation of Ellen
    • Description:

      The Elin variation makes an old favorite sleeker and more modern. Elin came to prominence via the ex-Mrs.Tiger Woods and is now perhaps best known via novelist Elin Hildebrand.. It entered the US Top 1000 in 2010, though it's now dropped off again.
  8. Elina
    • Origin:

      Spanish, Italian, German, Greek, and English variation of Helen
    • Meaning:

      "bright, shining light"
    • Description:

      Elina is one of the many variations of mother name Helen to make the Top 1000 list, this one just squeaking on. This is an appealing name but you may find it too similar to too many other names from Elena to Alina to Helena.
  9. Eliora
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "the Lord is my light"
    • Description:

      Eliora is a melodic name ripe with vowel sounds.
  10. Elya
    • Origin:

      Slavic form of Helen
    • Description:

      A Slavic variation of Helen that might make an unusual update of that classic name.
  11. Helaine
    • Origin:

      French variation of Helen
    • Description:

      Like twins Helene and Elaine, a relic of the 1930s to 40s French Renaissance of names.
  12. Helena
    • Origin:

      Latinate form of Helen, Greek
    • Meaning:

      "torch; shining light"
    • Description:

      Helena is one of those classic names that just misses making the US Top 1000 girl names for its entire history, falling off for a single year in 1992. Since then it's been drifting lazily up the charts, and makes a perfect choice if you want a name that both fits in and stands out.
  13. Helene
    • Origin:

      French variation of Helen
    • Meaning:

      "bright, shining one"
    • Description:

      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.
  14. Heli
    • Ilena
      • Origin:

        Greek variation of Helen
      • Description:

        Ilena-style variants have all been considered more stylish than Helen for many years.
    • Iliana
      • Origin:

        Greek
      • Meaning:

        "from Ilium or Troy"
      • Description:

        Iliana is one of the vaguely but usually undefinably international names that have a wide range of spellings and pronunciations. Ilium was the poetic name of the city of Troy, and variations of this name — especially Ileana and Ileanna — have been widely used, projecting a rather bohemian image.
    • Ilona
      • Origin:

        Hungarian variation of Helen
      • Description:

        Ilona has never been used much in the U.S. and is not a likely candidate for success.
    • Lena
      • Origin:

        English, Scottish, Dutch, German, and Scandinavian, diminutive of various names ending in lena
      • Description:

        This pet form of Helena and other ena-ending names, long used as an independent name, is attracting notice again as an option both multicultural and simple. Lena was a Top 100 name from 1880 to 1920.
    • Lenna
      • Lina
        • Origin:

          Arabic; Latin diminutive
        • Meaning:

          "tender"
        • Description:

          This pretty, succinct Arabic name is also commonly used as a nickname for names like Carolina.