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Origin & Meaning

The name Helena is of Greek , English and Estonian origin.

The meaning of Helena is "light".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 502  in baby name popularity for girls with 614 occurrences.    Less than 5 boys were given the name. 

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


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Related Names

Helena is a variant spelling of Helen.

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

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Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Helena in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Helena.

Just for fun, see the name Helena 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 Helena in Nautical Flags page.

Names Like This

English names generally consist of a given name, middle name and family name. Many English speaking countries have fairly flexible naming laws. This allows the multicultural families that live in these countries to merge the naming conventions of their faiths or previous nationalities with their current homeland.

Biblical names are still very prevelant. Nature, literature, mythology, celebrity, surnames, variants of traditional names and newly invented names are all sources of English given names.

The evolution of English names in the U.K. can be traced to the various conquests and ruling power changes of its early history. The evolution of English names in America has been more influenced by the various influxes of immigrants from different parts of the world during different times in its history.