Helen name meaning

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Origin and Meaning of Helen

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  1. According to a user from Greece, the name Helen is of Greek origin and means "This name means light and it symbolizes the prettiness, as Helen was an ancient queen whose prettiness caused a 10 years war".
  2. According to 2 people from Maryland, U.S., the name Helen is of Greek origin and means "Shining light".
  3. 6 people from all over the world agree the name Helen is of Greek origin and means "Light".
  4. A user from Washington, U.S. says the name Helen is of Greek origin and means "Light,sun,star".
  5. According to a user from China, the name Helen is of Greek origin and means "Auburn light".
  6. According to a user from the United Kingdom, the name Helen means "Alluring light".
  7. According to a user from Turkey, the name Helen is of Greek origin and means "Daughter of Zeus and Leda, taken to Troy by Paris, causing the 10 year-long Trojan War in Greek mythology. Based on Homer's narrative, Helen became one of the major figures of the Greek tragedy".
  8. A submission from the United Kingdom says the name Helen means "Bright and beautiful".
  9. A submission from Eritrea says the name Helen means "beautiful" and is of Amharic origin.
  10. According to a user from Sweden, the name Helen means "Tires".
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  1. (Greek mythology) the beautiful daughter of Zeus and Leda who was abducted by Paris; the Greek army sailed to Troy to get her back which resulted in the Trojan War

From French Hélène, from Latin Helena, from Ancient Greek Ἑλένη (Helénē).

  1. (Greek mythology) the daughter of Zeus and Leda, considered to be the most beautiful woman in the world; her abduction by Paris brought about the Trojan War.
  2. A female given name from Ancient Greek.
  3. Any of various papilionid butterflies of the genus Papilio.

Helen was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Estonian, Norwegian, Swedish, and Tagalog

Notable Persons Named Helen

Notable Persons Named Helen

Helen Keller

Helen Keller was an author, political activist, lecturer, and activism. Helen was given the name Helen Adams Keller on June 27th, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama, U.S. She left this life on June 1st, 1968.

Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren is an actor. She was most active from 1966 to present. Helen was given the name Helen Lydia Mironoff on July 26th, 1945 in Hammersmith, London, England.

Helen Hunt

Helen Hunt is an actress, director, and screenwriter. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1973 to present. Helen was given the name Helen Elizabeth Hunt by her parent Gordon Hunt (director) on June 15th, 1963 in Culver City, California, U.S.


Sade is a singer-songwriter, composer, arrangement, record producer, and arranger. Sade was given the name Helen Folasade Adu on January 16th, 1959 in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.

P. L. Travers

P. L. Travers was a children's literature writer, actress, and journalist. P. was given the name Helen Lyndon Goff on August 9th, 1899 in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia. She passed away on April 23rd, 1996.

Helen McCrory

Helen McCrory is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 1990. Helen was given the name Helen Elizabeth McCrory on August 17th, 1968 in London.

  • Beatrix Potter
    Children's Author
  • Helen Baxendale
  • Helen Slater
  • Helen Khan
  • Helen Reddy
  • Helen Hayes
  • Helen Thomas
  • Helen Clark
    8th Administrator of TheUnited Nations Development Programme
  • Helen Pitts
  • Helen Glover
  • Terry Moore
  • Helen George
  • Tess Daly
    Model (people)
  • Helen Shapiro

Notable Persons With the Last Name Helen

Notable Persons With the Last Name Helen

Princess Helen

She holds the title Princess Elena Petrovna of Russia. Princess was born as the child of Peter I of Serbia and Princess Zorka of Montenegro on November 4th, 1884 in Cetinje. Princess is also known as Princess Elena Petrovna of Russia; Princess Jelena of Serbia. She died on October 16th, 1962.


Sucharita is an actress. She was most active from 1972 to present. Sucharita was given the name Baby Helen in 1958 in Dhaka, East Pakistan.

Saints Centola and Helen

They hold the title Martyrs. They left this life in 304.

Trix Helen

Trix was born in 1886. She passed away on November 19th, 1951.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Helen U.S.
  White 65.28% 64.26%
  African American 16.23% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 6.04% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 7.17% 16.26%

Of Last Name Helen

People with the last name Helen are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Helen

  • What name lists does Helen rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Helen? Helen is the 40th most popular name of all time. As a last name Helen was the 73,215th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Helen have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,022,908 babies born with the first name Helen in the United States. That's more than enough people named Helen to occupy the country of Djibouti with an estimated population of 923,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Helen? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 636 new born babies.
  • When was Helen first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Helen is Tuesday, July 25th, 1865.
  • What year had the most people named Helen born? The highest recorded use of the first name Helen was in 1918 with a total of 36,148 babies. That's a lot of babies named Helen!
  • Random Helen Factoid: According to the 1945 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Helen ranks 44th in popularity as a baby girl's name in South Dakota. Imagine that, 27 babies in South Dakota have the same name in 1945.
  • Weird things about the name Helen: The name spelled backwards is Neleh. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Ehenl. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Helen? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 265 people with the last name Helen.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Helen? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Helen as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.1m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  • Helen name meaning

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