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Helen

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1.0m
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
265
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Helen mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Helen

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

Other Dictionary Sources
  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
Wiktionary

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.

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

Notable Persons Named Helen

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name 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.

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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.

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

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

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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 11,847 11,801 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 32,745 32,662 83 #2 girl name
1917 34,312 34,251 61 #2 girl name
1918 36,228 36,148 80 #2 girl name
1919 33,765 33,705 60 #2 girl name
1920 35,160 35,097 63 #3 girl name
1921 34,887 34,821 66 #3 girl name
1922 32,573 32,506 67 #3 girl name
1923 31,555 31,493 62 #3 girl name
1924 31,268 31,189 79 #3 girl name
1925 29,249 29,169 80 #4 girl name
1926 26,959 26,885 74 #4 girl name
1927 25,411 25,319 92 #4 girl name
1928 23,023 22,935 88 #4 girl name
1929 21,060 20,983 77 #4 girl name
1930 19,998 19,915 83 #4 girl name
1931 17,724 17,657 67 #6 girl name
1932 16,463 16,374 89 #8 girl name
1933 14,728 14,646 82 #8 girl name
1934 14,148 14,099 49 #9 girl name
1935 12,849 12,782 67 #10 girl name
1936 12,285 12,233 52 #11 girl name
1937 11,518 11,452 66 #12 girl name
1938 10,897 10,833 64 #13 girl name
1939 10,463 10,418 45 #16 girl name
1940 10,238 10,199 39 #18 girl name
1941 9,938 9,889 49 #24 girl name
1942 10,051 10,014 37 #26 girl name
1943 9,837 9,799 38 #28 girl name
1944 8,730 8,694 36 #31 girl name
1945 8,331 8,301 30 #31 girl name
1946 8,886 8,853 33 #36 girl name
1947 9,002 8,978 24 #38 girl name
1948 8,326 8,304 22 #40 girl name
1949 7,734 7,707 27 #46 girl name
1950 7,078 7,059 19 #50 girl name
1951 6,964 6,950 14 #54 girl name
1952 6,484 6,467 17 #63 girl name
1953 6,140 6,120 20 #65 girl name
1954 5,958 5,944 14 #72 girl name
1955 5,612 5,594 18 #78 girl name
1956 5,295 5,278 17 #90 girl name
1957 5,030 5,016 14 #95 girl name
1958 4,782 4,762 20 #100 girl name
1959 4,393 4,378 15
1960 4,079 4,069 10
1961 3,868 3,856 12
1962 3,602 3,586 16
1963 3,350 3,341 9
1964 3,104 3,095 9
1965 2,818 2,804 14
1966 2,454 2,449 5
1967 2,163 2,155 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 1,252 1,243 9
1973 1,133 1,133 0
1974 1,147 1,140 7
1975 1,064 1,058 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 876 876 0
1983 844 844 0
1984 866 859 7
1985 815 809 6
1986 772 766 6
1987 816 816 0
1988 781 774 7
1989 867 857 10
1990 868 861 7
1991 778 773 5
1992 827 827 0
1993 873 868 5
1994 854 849 5
1995 836 836 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 866 861 5
2005 960 960 0
2006 948 948 0
2007 931 931 0
2008 885 885 0
2009 826 826 0
2010 703 703 0
2011 729 729 0
2012 772 772 0
2013 739 739 0
2014 801 801 0
2015 762 762 0
2016 813 813 0

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Popularity of Helen as a first name

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Popularity of Helen as a last name

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Common last names for Helen

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  • Miller
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Martin
  • Moore
  • Thompson
  • White
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  • Nelson
  • Young
  • Murphy
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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

  • 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 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,020,623 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 1949 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Helen ranks 48th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Kansas. Imagine that, 89 babies in Kansas have the same name as you in 1949.
  • Weird things about the name Helen: Your name in reverse order is Neleh. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nlhee. 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!

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  • Sources:
  • 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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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