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What does the name "Helen" mean?

Helen (Greek): Light

The name "Helen" is of Greek origin and it means "Light". It's a name commonly given to girls. There are 2 other names that are similar to this one.

H is for hand, that you always give.

E is for elegant, born within you.

L is for luster, your shine.

E is for excite, your spirit is catching!

N is for natural, the genuine side of you.

Your name in reverse order is "Neleh". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Ehenl". How do you pronounce that?

Now try the names of everyone you know including friends, cousins, neighbors, classmates, co-workers or your pets. Even your favorite anime, TV or movie characters! See what their names mean. Remember, this is purely just for fun.

How popular is the name "Helen" in the U.S.?


Want to know about the populiarty of Helen? From 1880 to 2014, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,019,006 babies born with the name Helen in the United States. That's more than enough Helens to occupy the country of Djibouti with an estimated population of 923,000 (as of July 1, 2012). The name first appeared in the year 1880 when it was given to 636 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Helen" was in 1918 with a total of 36,150 babies. (That's a lot of baby Helens)

According to the 2006 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Helen" is not a popular baby girl's name in Illinois. Imagine that, only 37 babies in Illinois have the same name as you in 2006. Across the entire United States a total of only 948 babies also bear the same first name during the same year.

Where is the name Helen popular?

The map shows the relative popularity of the name Helen in each of the states since 1950. Can you guess a name that was popular in the region near the Rockies? Search for the name to check your answer!

Celebrities named Helen

Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren is an actor with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1965 to present. Helen was born in 1945 as Helen Lydia Mironoff in Hammersmith, London, England.


Helen Hunt

Helen Hunt is an actress, director, and screenwriter with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1973 to present. Helen was born in 1963 as Helen Elizabeth Hunt in Culver City, California, U.S.


Helen Flanagan

Helen Flanagan is an actress, model, and television personality with the most prominent portion of their career being from 2 to present. Helen was born in 1990 in Bury, Greater Manchester, England, UK.


Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter is a children's author and illustrator. Beatrix was born in 1866 as Helen Beatrix Potter in Kensington, London, England.


Helen Slater

Helen Slater is an actress and singer-songwriter with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1982 to present. Helen was born in 1963 as Helen Rachel Slater in Bethpage, New York, U.S.


Sade Adu

Sade Adu is a singer, songwriter, composer, arranger, and record producer with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1983 to present. Sade was born in 1959 as Helen Folasade Adu in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.


Past life for Helen born Feb 24, 1937

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Southern Japan approximately on 1250. Your profession was shepherd, horseman, and forester.

You were a person with huge energy, good in planning and supervising. If you were just a garbage-man, you were chief garbage-man. You are bound to learn to understand other people and to meet all life difficulties with joyful heart. You should help others, bringing them spirit of joy.

Here's something for you to ponder on...

Do the Name Game - Acrostic Challenge - This game is very simple to play. All you have to do is think of another name to spell out each letter of your name.