Alternatives To Elena

Elegant Elena has a great meaning, translates easily through languages, and connects to several classic favorites. That's a lot to replicate, but here are some alternatives that capture the same spirit.
  1. Alayna
    • Origin:

      Spelling variation of Alana or Elena
    • Meaning:

      "bright shining light"
    • Description:

      Blending classic with contemporary elements, Alayna is considered a spin on the name Alana, which also draws inspiration from Elaine and Elena. An obscure choice until the 80s, it began to climb the charts after fencer Alayna Snell took part in the 1984 Olympics.
  2. 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.
  3. Alenka
    • Origin:

      Slovene diminutive of Alena
    • Meaning:

      "bright and shining light"
    • Description:

      Nickname for Alena, a Helen variation, that can be heard in Eastern Europe.
  4. 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.
  5. Carmelina
    • Origin:

      Variation of Carmela, Italian and Spanish
    • Meaning:

      "garden"
  6. Celena
    • Celina
      • Origin:

        Greek, French
      • Meaning:

        "moon or heavenly"
      • Description:

        A light and pretty pan-cultural name which can be considered a variant of either the Greek name Selene or Selena, meaning "moon", or of the French Celine, meaning "heavenly". An attractive choice that is surprisingly rare in the US: out of the Top 1000 since 2006.
    • Clara
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "bright, clear"
      • Description:

        Clara is a strong, lovely girls' name that's always ranked among the US Top 1000 girl names but has been climbing since the turn of this century. It now ranks right around Number 100, making it a modern classic that's neither too popular nor unfamiliar.
    • Edna
      • Origin:

        Hebrew
      • Meaning:

        "rejuvenation, delight"
      • Description:

        Edna is one of those names that, until what it seemed like a few minutes ago, felt so terminally frumpy that no one could imagine a parent choosing it for an innocent modern baby girl. But with the great upswing in names honoring ancestral family members, several of them being other four-letter, e-ending names, we wouldn't be so sure.
    • Edwina
      • Origin:

        Feminine variation of Edwin
      • Meaning:

        "wealthy friend"
      • Description:

        Edwina may still be taking tea in the parlor, but we can see her joining friends like Matilda and Josephine for a comeback, especially if pronounced like Edwin rather than Edween.
    • Elaenia
      • Origin:

        Nature name
      • Description:

        A genus of birds in the flycatcher family, Elaenia is one of the many unique baby names in the Elena family. But that spelling is sure to trip up some people.
    • Elaina
      • Origin:

        Variation of Elaine or Elena,"bright, shining light"
      • Meaning:

        "bright, shining light"
      • Description:

        While both Elaine and Elena are on an upward trajectory, Elaina has shifted up and down the charts in recent years, making no big moves in either direction. Steadily used, this blend of the two could make it clearer which pronunciation is preferred.
    • 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.
    • Elda
      • Origin:

        Italian variation of Hilda
      • Description:

        While we still can't see Hilda coming back any time soon, it's conceivable that this Italian version could ride the coattails of Ella, Elena and Ellery to broader popularity.
    • Elea
      • 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.
      • Eleanora
        • Origin:

          Latinate form of Eleanor, meaning unknown
        • Description:

          Eleanor is back, Nora is back, and, as predicted, Eleanora is back too, as of 2023.
      • Electra
        • Origin:

          Greek
        • Meaning:

          "shining, bright"
        • Description:

          Though the tragedies of the Greeks and Eugene O'Neill that used this name are filled with incest and murder, Electra is still a brilliant choice. Isabella Rossellini chose the gentler Italian verson, Elettra, for her now grown daughter.
      • Elenka
        • Elenoa
          • Origin:

            Variation of Eleanor, meaning unknown
          • Description:

            Form of Eleanor found in the Pacific Islands, such as Fiji and Tonga. Other sources say it is used in Hawaii, but Elenoa has never been recorded as a name in the state.