Helen - Meaning Of Helen, What Does Helen Mean?

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Helen Meaning


What does Helen mean, popularity, numerology and more.

The name Helen is of Greek origin.

The meaning of Helen is "light".  

Helen is generally used as a girl's name. It consists of 5 letters and 2 syllables and is pronounced He-len.

In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 404  in baby name popularity for girls with 791 occurrences.    Less than 5 boys were given the name. 

View the Helen Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Helen has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Helen to other names.


Variants of the name Helen include Helena, Helene.

The names Aileen, Aileene, Ailene, Ailey, Ailia, Ailie, Eileanora, Eileen, Eileena, Eileene, Eilena, Eilionoir, Eleanor, Elen, Elena, Elene, Elenora, Eleonoora, Eleonor, Eleonora, Eliina, Elin, Elina, Ellen, Heleen, Ilean, Ileana, Ileanna, Ileen, Ilena, Ilene, Ilenna, Ilona, Jelena, Lean, Olena, Olenka, Olenya, Yelena are all forms of Helen.

Helen has the diminutives (nicknames) Eilidh, Nell, Nelle, Nellie, Nelly.

Helen falls into the name categories classic, Greek myth.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Helen of Troy, Helen Hayes, Helen Wills Moody, Helen Gurley Brown.

Would you like to fingerspell the name Helen in American Sign Language?
Then just follow the diagram below.

Just for fun, see the name Helen in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Helen in Nautical Flags page.

Looking for something more mystical? Visit the Helen Numerology page.

Helen Numerology
Helen in Hieroglyhics
Helen in Nautical Flags
Last year this name was ranked as one of the top 1000 most popular names within its gender.

Keep in mind how popular a name is. Your child may feel that they fit in more with a more popular name. On the other hand, they may feel more special if their name is less popular and more uniquely their own. As you see it can go both ways, so just keep this point in mind as you examine the different possibilities.

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