Helen - girls name

Helen name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 86%

Helen name meaning:

The name Helen is of Greek origin and holds significant historical and mythological significance. It is derived from the Greek word "helene" which means "torch" or "bright shining light." In Greek mythology, Helen was the daughter of Zeus and Leda, known for her unparalleled beauty. She was famously married to King Menelaus of Sparta but her abduction by Prince Paris of Troy sparked the Trojan War.

The name Helen has come to symbolize beauty, grace, and strength throughout history. It has been a popular name in various cultures and has been bestowed upon many notable figures. Helen Keller, for instance, was an American author and activist who overcame deafness and blindness, becoming a powerful advocate for disability rights. The name is also associated with Helen of Troy, whose story has been immortalized in Greek mythology and literature.

Overall, the name Helen reflects qualities of beauty, strength, and resilience. It carries a rich historical and mythical legacy, making it a timeless and meaningful choice for parents seeking a name for their daughter.

Origin: Greek

Bright one.


Saints names, Victorian names

Related names

Helen , Aleen , Aleena , Alena , Alene, Aline , Allena, Allene, Calina, Eileen , Elaina , Elan , Elayna , Eleonora , Eleonore , Elinor , Ellaine, Ellayne, Elleen, Ellena , Ellene, Ellyn , Elynn, Helaine, Helena , Helene, Helli, Kirochka, Leana , Leann, Leanna , Leeann, Leeanne, Leianna, Leyda, Loyda, Lyda, Olena, Yalenchka, Yalens, Yelena

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Overall UK ranking: 788 out of 5581

46 recorded births last year

Change in rank

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (652)

Historical popularity of Helen

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