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1.0m
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since 1880

Helen

  • Gender: Girl
  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Light
  • #40 All Time
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Boys
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34k Helena (Greek)
2k Helaine (English)

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 636 636 0 #35 girl name
1881 619 612 7 #43 girl name
1882 838 838 0 #31 girl name
1883 867 862 5 #35 girl name
1884 986 986 0 #33 girl name
1885 1,140 1,134 6 #28 girl name
1886 1,267 1,267 0 #25 girl name
1887 1,405 1,405 0 #21 girl name
1888 1,852 1,847 5 #16 girl name
1889 1,917 1,909 8 #17 girl name
1890 2,319 2,312 7 #12 girl name
1891 2,426 2,417 9 #9 girl name
1892 2,943 2,936 7 #9 girl name
1893 3,257 3,249 8 #6 girl name
1894 3,684 3,676 8 #4 girl name
1895 4,040 4,023 17 #3 girl name
1896 4,402 4,392 10 #3 girl name
1897 4,535 4,519 16 #3 girl name
1898 5,247 5,230 17 #3 girl name
1899 5,064 5,048 16 #3 girl name
1900 6,361 6,343 18 #2 girl name
1901 5,264 5,247 17 #2 girl name
1902 5,997 5,967 30 #2 girl name
1903 6,158 6,129 29 #2 girl name
1904 6,503 6,488 15 #2 girl name
1905 6,837 6,811 26 #2 girl name
1906 7,202 7,176 26 #2 girl name
1907 7,599 7,579 20 #2 girl name
1908 8,469 8,439 30 #2 girl name
1909 9,286 9,250 36 #2 girl name
1910 10,509 10,479 30 #2 girl name
1911 11,848 11,802 46 #2 girl name
1912 16,171 16,133 38 #2 girl name
1913 18,940 18,889 51 #2 girl name
1914 23,275 23,221 54 #2 girl name
1915 30,926 30,866 60 #2 girl name
1916 32,744 32,661 83 #2 girl name
1917 34,310 34,249 61 #2 girl name
1918 36,230 36,150 80 #2 girl name
1919 33,765 33,705 60 #2 girl name
1920 35,161 35,098 63 #3 girl name
1921 34,885 34,819 66 #3 girl name
1922 32,574 32,507 67 #3 girl name
1923 31,554 31,492 62 #3 girl name
1924 31,272 31,193 79 #3 girl name
1925 29,248 29,168 80 #4 girl name
1926 26,958 26,884 74 #4 girl name
1927 25,408 25,316 92 #4 girl name
1928 23,024 22,936 88 #4 girl name
1929 21,060 20,983 77 #4 girl name
1930 19,997 19,914 83 #4 girl name
1931 17,724 17,657 67 #6 girl name
1932 16,464 16,375 89 #8 girl name
1933 14,727 14,645 82 #8 girl name
1934 14,148 14,099 49 #9 girl name
1935 12,845 12,778 67 #10 girl name
1936 12,284 12,232 52 #11 girl name
1937 11,518 11,452 66 #12 girl name
1938 10,897 10,833 64 #13 girl name
1939 10,462 10,417 45 #16 girl name
1940 10,240 10,201 39 #18 girl name
1941 9,938 9,889 49 #24 girl name
1942 10,050 10,013 37 #26 girl name
1943 9,837 9,799 38 #28 girl name
1944 8,729 8,693 36 #31 girl name
1945 8,330 8,300 30 #31 girl name
1946 8,885 8,852 33 #36 girl name
1947 9,002 8,978 24 #38 girl name
1948 8,327 8,305 22 #40 girl name
1949 7,736 7,709 27 #46 girl name
1950 7,079 7,060 19 #50 girl name
1951 6,959 6,945 14 #54 girl name
1952 6,487 6,470 17 #63 girl name
1953 6,140 6,120 20 #65 girl name
1954 5,954 5,940 14 #72 girl name
1955 5,614 5,596 18 #78 girl name
1956 5,296 5,279 17 #90 girl name
1957 5,029 5,015 14 #95 girl name
1958 4,783 4,763 20 #100 girl name
1959 4,393 4,378 15
1960 4,079 4,069 10
1961 3,867 3,855 12
1962 3,603 3,587 16
1963 3,349 3,340 9
1964 3,104 3,095 9
1965 2,818 2,804 14
1966 2,454 2,449 5
1967 2,161 2,153 8
1968 1,893 1,881 12
1969 1,867 1,857 10
1970 1,724 1,715 9
1971 1,450 1,441 9
1972 1,254 1,245 9
1973 1,133 1,133 0
1974 1,147 1,140 7
1975 1,063 1,057 6
1976 951 942 9
1977 998 992 6
1978 927 922 5
1979 884 879 5
1980 909 909 0
1981 896 896 0
1982 875 875 0
1983 844 844 0
1984 866 859 7
1985 815 809 6
1986 772 766 6
1987 815 815 0
1988 782 775 7
1989 867 857 10
1990 868 861 7
1991 778 773 5
1992 827 827 0
1993 873 868 5
1994 853 848 5
1995 837 837 0
1996 900 900 0
1997 812 812 0
1998 832 832 0
1999 841 841 0
2000 890 890 0
2001 884 884 0
2002 875 875 0
2003 783 783 0
2004 865 860 5
2005 960 960 0
2006 948 948 0
2007 931 931 0
2008 884 884 0
2009 826 826 0
2010 703 703 0
2011 729 729 0
2012 772 772 0
2013 738 738 0
2014 801 801 0
2015 757 757 0

Want to know about the popularity of the Helen baby name? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,019,790 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 was first given to 5 or more babies 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 1943 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Helen" ranks #41 in popularity as a baby girl's name in Michigan. Imagine that, 281 babies in Michigan have the same name as you in 1943. Across the entire United States a total of 9,837 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Helen" mean? The list below shows the origins of Helen as well as things modernly associated with the name Helen such as celebrities named Helen.

Origin and Meaning of Helen

The name "Helen" is of Greek origin, and it means "Light". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Helen Mirren

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

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Helen Hunt

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

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Helen Slater

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

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Helen Flanagan

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

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Beatrix Potter

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

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Sade Adu

Sade Adu is a singer, songwriter, composer, and arranger specializing in smooth jazz, soul, jazz, and R&B music 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.

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Other Inspirations for the Name Helen

Helen Ga
Helen Keller
Helen Reddy
Helen Lasichanh
Helen Mccrory
Helen Of Troy

Alternative Meanings

H is for happy, your wonderful laugh.

E is for excellence, your passion, your drive.

L is for life, that you live so well.

E is for extra, those little things you do!

N is for noble, your regal bearing.

Your name in reverse order is "Neleh". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Enelh". 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.

Past life for Helen born Jul 21, 1975

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Philippines approximately on 1850. Your profession was medicine man, surgeon, and herbalist.

As a ruthless character, you carefully weighed your decisions in critical situations, with excellent self-control and strong will. Generally liked, but not always loved. Your lesson - to combat violence and disharmony in our world, to understand its roots and origins. All global problems have similar origins.

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