Name Helen Origin, meaning, pronunciation & popularity of the name Helen


Helen is a ♀ girl’s name.

What is the origin of the name Helen?

Helen is an English variant of the ancient Greek name Helénē (Ἑλένη). In the Greek mythology, Helen was the daughter of Zeus and Leda and the wife of Menelaos. She was considered the most beautiful woman. Her kidnapping by the Trojan prince Paris resulted in the Trojan War.

What does the name Helen mean?

Helen means “torch” (from ancient Greek “helénē/ἑλένη”) and “beautiful”, “light”, “bright” and “shining” (from ancient Greek “hēlios/ἥλιος” = sun/sunlight/sunshine). The name is as well derived from ancient Greek “selēnē/σελήνη” meaning “moon”.

Pronunciation of Helen

Variants of the name Helen


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Popularity of the name Helen

The name Helen is ranked #2160 overall.

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