Elaine

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257k
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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Elaine

"Elaine" is a name of English origin, and it means "Light". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun
Same as Olein.

Etymology: Gr. � olive oil, oil, from � the olive tree: cf. F. élaïne

Wiktionary

From Old French Elaine, a variant of Elene, cognate to Helen, ultimately from Ancient Greek Ἑλένη (Helénē). A Celtic origin has also been suggested since the name appears in Arthurian legend.

  1. A female given name.

Notable Persons Named Elaine

Elaine Chao is a Director of the Peace Corps, 24th United States Secretary of Labor, and Director of thePeace Corps. Elaine was born on March 26th, 1953 in Taipei.

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Elaine May is a screenwriter, film director, actress, and comedian. Her career lasted from 1958 to 2000. Elaine was given the name Elaine Iva Berlin on April 21st, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

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Elaine Paige is a musician. She was most active from 1964 to present. Elaine was given the name Elaine Jill Bickerstaff on March 5th, 1948.

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Elaine Hendrix is an actress, singer, dancer, model, activist, producer, actor, singing, dance, activism, and film producer. She has had major accomplishments since 1992. Elaine was given the name Katherine Elaine Hendrix on December 28th, 1970 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

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Elaine Stritch was an actress and singer. Her career lasted from 1944 to 2014. Elaine was born on February 2nd, 1925 in Detroit. She breathed her last breath on July 17th, 2014.

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Elaine Marie Benes is an editor, personal assistant to mr. pitt, copy writer for j. peterman, waitress at tufts university cafeteria, and tufts university.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Elaine

Hatfield was born on October 22nd, 1937 in Detroit.

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Lauren was born on November 7th, 1983 in San Diego.

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Candace Elaine is an actor. She was most prominent from 2004 to present. Candace was born in 1972 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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Elaine is a soccer player for the Älta IF, Associação Ferroviária de Esportes (women), Umeå IK, Saint Louis Athletica, Tyresö FF, and Brazil women's national football team. Elaine was born on November 1st, 1982 in Salvador, Bahia.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 5 5 0
1883 5 5 0
1884 5 5 0
1886 5 5 0
1887 6 6 0
1888 7 7 0
1889 8 8 0
1890 12 12 0
1891 16 16 0
1892 22 22 0
1893 24 24 0
1894 20 20 0
1895 21 21 0
1896 38 38 0
1897 30 30 0
1898 29 29 0
1899 27 27 0
1900 50 50 0
1901 43 43 0
1902 48 48 0
1903 53 53 0
1904 57 57 0
1905 79 79 0
1906 82 82 0
1907 103 103 0
1908 129 129 0
1909 139 139 0
1910 195 195 0
1911 199 199 0
1912 313 313 0
1913 411 411 0
1914 568 568 0
1915 1,212 1,212 0
1916 1,235 1,235 0
1917 1,281 1,281 0
1918 1,479 1,473 6
1919 1,688 1,688 0
1920 2,440 2,433 7
1921 2,931 2,922 9 #97 girl name
1922 2,799 2,793 6
1923 3,221 3,212 9 #87 girl name
1924 3,808 3,801 7 #73 girl name
1925 3,791 3,778 13 #73 girl name
1926 4,018 4,003 15 #68 girl name
1927 4,122 4,106 16 #69 girl name
1928 4,021 4,004 17 #68 girl name
1929 3,867 3,855 12 #67 girl name
1930 3,960 3,953 7 #69 girl name
1931 3,632 3,622 10 #72 girl name
1932 3,595 3,578 17 #68 girl name
1933 3,579 3,571 8 #61 girl name
1934 3,912 3,899 13 #54 girl name
1935 4,098 4,079 19 #51 girl name
1936 4,273 4,258 15 #50 girl name
1937 4,548 4,526 22 #45 girl name
1938 4,855 4,835 20 #42 girl name
1939 4,800 4,785 15 #45 girl name
1940 4,797 4,782 15 #50 girl name
1941 5,405 5,377 28 #44 girl name
1942 6,002 5,983 19 #45 girl name
1943 5,985 5,967 18 #46 girl name
1944 5,647 5,628 19 #46 girl name
1945 5,897 5,888 9 #44 girl name
1946 6,814 6,801 13 #47 girl name
1947 7,076 7,063 13 #50 girl name
1948 6,408 6,399 9 #53 girl name
1949 6,228 6,216 12 #57 girl name
1950 6,047 6,038 9 #60 girl name
1951 6,080 6,069 11 #66 girl name
1952 5,664 5,651 13 #73 girl name
1953 5,501 5,491 10 #77 girl name
1954 5,831 5,825 6 #74 girl name
1955 5,642 5,636 6 #77 girl name
1956 5,317 5,309 8 #89 girl name
1957 5,019 5,010 9 #96 girl name
1958 4,751 4,742 9
1959 4,460 4,453 7
1960 4,322 4,313 9
1961 3,887 3,868 19
1962 3,623 3,613 10
1963 3,130 3,125 5
1964 2,836 2,824 12
1965 2,511 2,499 12
1966 2,065 2,059 6
1967 1,779 1,773 6
1968 1,706 1,706 0
1969 1,684 1,684 0
1970 1,447 1,438 9
1971 1,284 1,284 0
1972 1,070 1,065 5
1973 993 993 0
1974 951 951 0
1975 865 859 6
1976 781 781 0
1977 864 864 0
1978 762 757 5
1979 789 784 5
1980 777 771 6
1981 784 784 0
1982 786 779 7
1983 803 797 6
1984 617 617 0
1985 663 657 6
1986 663 663 0
1987 668 668 0
1988 714 706 8
1989 679 673 6
1990 631 631 0
1991 610 610 0
1992 603 603 0
1993 559 559 0
1994 567 567 0
1995 540 540 0
1996 531 531 0
1997 451 451 0
1998 480 480 0
1999 461 461 0
2000 452 452 0
2001 408 408 0
2002 399 399 0
2003 426 426 0
2004 413 413 0
2005 469 469 0
2006 392 392 0
2007 406 406 0
2008 398 398 0
2009 371 371 0
2010 342 342 0
2011 399 399 0
2012 400 400 0
2013 359 359 0
2014 437 437 0
2015 422 422 0
2016 490 490 0

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Popularity of Elaine as a first name

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Common last names for Elaine

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Anderson
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Thompson
  • White
  • Thomas
  • Moore
  • Nelson
  • Martin
  • Harris
  • Clark
  • Lewis
  • King

Fun Facts about the name Elaine

  • How Popular is the name Elaine? Elaine is the 288th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Elaine have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 257,404 babies born with the first name Elaine in the United States. That's more than enough people named Elaine to occupy the country of Vanuatu with an estimated population of 252,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Elaine? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Elaine first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Elaine is Wednesday, September 9th, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Elaine born? The highest recorded use of the first name Elaine was in 1947 with a total of 7,063 babies. That's a lot of babies named Elaine!
  • Random Elaine Factoid: According to the 1928 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Elaine ranks 21st in popularity as a baby girl's name in Minnesota. Imagine that, 232 babies in Minnesota have the same name as you in 1928.
  • Weird things about the name Elaine: Your name in reverse order is Eniale. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eienal. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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