Helen name meaning

✍  Updated on: March 21st, 2023
Gender: Unisex, both Boy and Girl
Origin: Old Greek and English
Usage: English, Tamil, Icelandic, Finnish, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian
Pronunciation: pronunciation of Helen he-len
Meaning: Torch, Sun Ray, The Element Helios Meaning Sun and Bright One Shining One
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What does Helen mean?

Meaning of Helen is Torch, Sun Ray, The Element Helios Meaning Sun or Bright One Shining One is originated from English and Old Greek and a gender insensitive name is predominantly used in Norwegian, Swedish, Tamil, Danish, Icelandic, English and Finnish.

Helen is English form of Helene.

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How do I pronounce Helen?

The most common pronunciation of two syllabled Helen is he-len.

Variants of Helen

Eileen, Aibhilin, Aveline, Eibhlin, Elle, Ella, Leona, Leonida, Ilene, Ileana, Helenmarie, Helene, Selene, Eilen, Leni, Leny, Ailee, Eyleen, Alene, Aveleen, Evelyn, Emeline, Lanelle, Alia, Elli, Ellagrace, Helena, Lenia, Leonia, Leonarda, Leonidas, Leonides, Ileane, Ileen, Leana, Aileen, Ilana, Selen, Selina, Eilin, Lena

Nicknames for Helen

The given name Helen has mountain of nicknames like:

Names that rhyme with Helen

How popular is the name Helen?

Helen was an extremely popular name in United States. Over 1022126 babies have been named Helen since 1880. When at its peak in 1900, it ranked 2nd when 36148 parents chose the moniker for their baby girls.

However the graph is now showing a downward trend after 243 years but still performing better than most of the names. Moreover, the given name has been to the top 5 baby names 37 times Also, Helen was among the popular names in New South Wales.

Since emerging in 1952 around 10377 babies have been given the given name. At the peak of its usage in 1952, 648 girls were bestowed the name and it was ranked at 9th position.

After 30 years of usage, the name has fallen out of the charts. Moreover, the name has been to the top 10 baby names 5 times

In England and Wales, Helen was once a common name since emerging in 1996 it has been given to over 3101 babies.

At its zenith in 1996,. However the graph is now showing a downward trend after 23 years. Also, A common name in Ireland with over 8125 new-borns have been given the name since 1964.

When at its peak in 1966, the moniker grabbed the 11st spot and 453 baby girls were given the name. Also, In Queensland, Helen was once a common name since emerging in 1960 it has been given to over 3678 babies.

When at the peak of its usage in 1960,. After 26 years of usage, the name has fallen out of the charts. Also, In Western Australia, Helen was once a common name since emerging in 1946 it has been given to over 1700 babies.

When at its peak in 1948,. After 14 years of usage, the name has fallen out of the charts. Moreover, the name has been to the top 5 baby names 2 times

Helen is a unique baby name in France, it has been in use since 1908 and was able to reach the top 700 names.

In 1911, it achieved its highest ever ranking of 678 on boy names chart when 27 babies were named Helen. There are over 714 babies that have been given the name Helen in France.

Helen is an uncommon baby name in Switzerland, even after 21 years of presence it could not make beyond the top 400. There are over 240 babies that have been given the name Helen in Switzerland.

In Belgium, it has been in use since 1995 and achieved its top ranking of 474 in 2001. There are over 118 babies that have been given the name Helen in Belgium.

However things change on global perspective, Helen is extremely popular in Nigeria where every 1 in 500 have the name as well as in, England and Philippines. Also the baby name is popular in Ethiopia, Australia, Eritrea, Canada, Scotland, Brazil, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Ghana, Cameroon, South Africa, Wales, Indonesia, Sierra Leone, India, Malaysia, Sudan, Egypt, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Sweden, Zambia, Tanzania, China, Germany, Kenya, Peru and Iraq.

As per our evaluation, over 2300000 babies have been bestowed Helen around the globe.

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Helen in Nordic countries

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Numerological analysis of Helen

To have 7 as your personality number reveals the sensitive side of your personality. Set up a positive mindset already and start figuring things out. Work now and enjoy later. You make sure things done on time, so you can spend more time with your family and friends. You can hardly resist a temptation, a trait which affects your relationships in a negative way. You are dominant and leadership comes out naturally for you.

Other names liked by would be parents that are similar to Helen

  •  Katiya - Infrequent girl name Katiya has its origin in Old Greek, meaning of Katiya is "The Pure and Dear". Katiya is a derivation of Karine.
  •  Fanny - Origin of Frequently Used and Perpetual Fanny is in Italian, Greek and Old Greek bestowed upon girls, meaning of Fanny is "Favourable Speech, Little Frenchman or Free" is used mainly in Icelandic, Swedish and English
  •  Claes - Boy name Claes is rooted from Old Greek, Claes means "Victory of the People" is prevalently used in Scandinavian, Norwegian and Finnish
  •  Brose - Boy name Brose has its origin in Old Greek, meaning of Brose is "Immortal, Undying and Ever-living" is principally used in English. Brose is an abridged form of Ambrose.
  •  Xana - Uncustomary Xana is originated from English and Old Greek, Xana means "Ideal Perfect Place and Mongolian City" is used as a girl name. Xana is abridged form of Xanadu.
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Middle names for Helen

There are many in vogue and familiar middle names that are commonly paired with Helen.

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Sibling Names for Helen

Choosing the perfect name for your child can be an exciting yet challenging task. If you have decided to name your little one Helen, you may be looking for some inspiration to find a matching sibling name. Here are some unique and beautiful names that complement the classic charm of Helen.

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Famous people named Helen

  • Helen Atkinson-Wood, English actress and comedian born in Cheadle Hulme
  • Helen Mason, journalist and children's author
  • Helen Kinnear, Canadian lawyer
  • Helen Cresswell, English television scriptwriter and author of more than 100 children's books
  • Helen Duncan, Scottish medium best known as the last person to be imprisoned under the British Witchcraft Act of 1735
  • Helen Fielding, English novelist and screenwriter
  • Helen O'Hara, British musician
  • Helen Wardlaw, English cricketer
  • Helen Plimmer, former women's cricket international for England
  • Helen Palmer, is British archer
  • Helen Nichol, female badminton player from Canada,
  • Helen Elliott Bandini, American writer, primarily of Californian history
  • Helen Wellington-Lloyd, actress originally from South Africa
  • Helen Bannerman, Scottish author of children's books
  • Helen Buckingham, retired Australian politician
  • Helen Morlok, is one of the four sisters listed
  • Helen Watts, Welsh contralto
  • Helen of Galloway, daughter and co-heiress of Alan
  • Helen Maria Williams, British novelist, poet
  • Helen Mayfield, American artist from Texas
  • Helen Morrison, American forensic psychiatrist and writer
  • Helen Giddings, African American community leader, entrepreneur
  • Helen Schelle, was co-founder of the toy manufacturing company Fisher-Price
  • Helen Hoyt, in Norwalk, Connecticut on January 22, 1887
  • Helen Bevington, American poet, prose author, and educator
  • Helen Young, English weather forecaster and television presenter
  • Helen Mayhew, British radio presenter and producer
  • Helen Saunders, English painter associated with the Vorticist movement
  • Helen Dalley, Australian journalist
  • Helen Willetts, meteorologist on the BBC
  • Helen Stickler, American-born filmmaker whose works include Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator and Andre the Giant Has a Posse
  • Helen Mayhak, township clerk of Hartford Township
  • Helen Kushnick, agent of comedians Jimmie Walker
  • Helen Vollam, is Principal Trombone for the BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Helen Bonchek Schneyer, She was raised Jewish in New York City
  • Helen Phillips, American dramatic lyric soprano
  • Helen Klaos, Estonian badminton player
  • Helen Hooven Santmyer, American writer, educator, and librarian
  • Helen LaKelly Hunt, daughter of H. L. Hunt
  • Helen Cooper, British illustrator and an author of children's literature
  • Helen Raynor, British television screenwriter and script editor
  • Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz, Sydenham Clark Parsons Professor of American Studies and History
  • Helen Gipson, Scrabble player
  • Helen Tam, host of children's programmes in Hong Kong
  • Helen Crummy, founder of The Craigmillar Festival Society
  • Helen Cooper, Canadian politician and administrator
  • Helen Rowland, American journalist and humorist
  • Helen Sawyer Hogg, astronomer noted for pioneering research into globular clusters and variable stars
  • Helen Sharman, British chemist
  • Helen B. Taussig, American cardiologist, working
  • Helen Gandy, American civil servant
  • Helen Keller, American author, political activist, and lecturer
  • Helen Hunt, American actress, director, and screenwriter

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