Helena

First Name
35k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
380
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Helena

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  • A user from Ohio, United States says the name Helena is of Latin origin and means "Light, torch, fire.".
  • According to a user from Poland, the name Helena is of Polish origin and means ""Shining light" and "Beautiful"".
  • According to a user from California, United States, the name Helena is of Greek origin and means "Shining light".
  • According to a user from Slovakia, the name Helena is of Latin origin and means "Beautiful".

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Hel"e*na
See St. Elmo's fire, under Saint.

Etymology: L.: cf. Sp. helena

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Capital of the state of Montana; located in western Montana
Wiktionary

A Latinate form of Helen, from Latin Helena.

  1. A female given name.
  2. The capital city of the state of Montana in the United States of America.
  3. A city in Alabama
  4. A city in Arkansas
  5. A city in Georgia, USA
  6. A census-designated place in Mississippi
  7. A hamlet in New York
  8. A village in Ohio
  9. A town in Oklahoma
  10. A ghost town in Texas

Helena was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, German, Hawaiian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Helena

Helena Bonham Carter is an actress. She was most prominent from 1983 to present. Helena was born as the child of Raymond Bonham Carter on May 26th, 1966.

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Helena Christensen is a model. Helena was born on December 25th, 1968 in Copenhagen.

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Helena was given the name Yelena Petrovna von Hahn by her parent Peter Hahn in 1831 in Dnipropetrovsk. She died on May 8th, 1891.

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Helena Mattsson is an actress and actor. She was most prominent from 2004 to present. Helena was given the name Helena Christina Mattsson on March 30th, 1984 in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Helena was given the name Chaja Rubinstein on December 25th, 1872 in Kraków. Helena is also known as Princess Gourielli. She left this life on April 1st, 1965.

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Helena Barlow is an actress. She was most prominent from 2009 to present. Helena was born on September 5th, 1998.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Helena

Princess Helena was royalty. She holds the title Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein. Princess was born as the child of Albert, Prince Consort, and Queen Victoria on May 25th, 1846 in Buckingham Palace. She breathed her last breath on June 9th, 1923.

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Saint Helena was a saint. She holds the title Empress; Mother of Constantine the Great. Saint was born in 246 in possibly at Helenopolis Bithynia, Asia Minor. She passed away in 327.

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She passed away in 360.

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Katri Helena is a musician. She plays Vocals. She was most prominent from 1963 to present. Katri was given the name Katri Helena Koistinen on August 17th, 1945 in Tohmajärvi.

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Heloísa Helena was an actor and actress. Heloísa was born on October 28th, 1917 in Rio de Janeiro. She died on June 19th, 1999.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 60 60 0
1881 61 61 0
1882 60 60 0
1883 69 69 0
1884 86 86 0
1885 86 86 0
1886 69 69 0
1887 78 78 0
1888 103 103 0
1889 103 103 0
1890 100 100 0
1891 94 94 0
1892 124 124 0
1893 99 99 0
1894 106 106 0
1895 107 107 0
1896 118 118 0
1897 131 131 0
1898 133 133 0
1899 135 135 0
1900 112 112 0
1901 119 119 0
1902 133 133 0
1903 108 108 0
1904 112 112 0
1905 106 106 0
1906 93 93 0
1907 139 139 0
1908 124 124 0
1909 151 151 0
1910 175 175 0
1911 175 175 0
1912 220 220 0
1913 245 245 0
1914 327 327 0
1915 405 405 0
1916 424 424 0
1917 440 440 0
1918 488 488 0
1919 440 440 0
1920 383 383 0
1921 391 391 0
1922 358 358 0
1923 371 371 0
1924 386 386 0
1925 351 351 0
1926 257 257 0
1927 287 287 0
1928 270 270 0
1929 252 252 0
1930 242 242 0
1931 247 247 0
1932 223 223 0
1933 205 205 0
1934 187 187 0
1935 190 190 0
1936 177 177 0
1937 198 198 0
1938 168 168 0
1939 195 195 0
1940 200 200 0
1941 194 194 0
1942 218 218 0
1943 209 209 0
1944 183 183 0
1945 178 178 0
1946 228 228 0
1947 220 220 0
1948 210 210 0
1949 226 226 0
1950 219 219 0
1951 227 227 0
1952 209 209 0
1953 228 228 0
1954 213 213 0
1955 208 208 0
1956 225 225 0
1957 263 263 0
1958 229 229 0
1959 249 249 0
1960 216 216 0
1961 237 237 0
1962 252 252 0
1963 272 272 0
1964 305 305 0
1965 259 259 0
1966 226 226 0
1967 196 196 0
1968 185 185 0
1969 192 192 0
1970 201 201 0
1971 188 188 0
1972 189 189 0
1973 189 189 0
1974 193 193 0
1975 205 205 0
1976 186 186 0
1977 212 212 0
1978 213 213 0
1979 244 244 0
1980 218 218 0
1981 222 222 0
1982 243 243 0
1983 206 206 0
1984 201 201 0
1985 186 186 0
1986 206 206 0
1987 166 166 0
1988 185 185 0
1989 175 175 0
1990 199 199 0
1991 196 196 0
1992 187 187 0
1993 233 233 0
1994 287 287 0
1995 340 340 0
1996 350 350 0
1997 310 310 0
1998 339 339 0
1999 415 415 0
2000 367 367 0
2001 415 415 0
2002 432 432 0
2003 541 541 0
2004 511 511 0
2005 529 529 0
2006 595 595 0
2007 584 584 0
2008 501 501 0
2009 533 533 0
2010 550 550 0
2011 491 491 0
2012 527 527 0
2013 541 541 0
2014 623 623 0
2015 581 581 0
2016 599 599 0
2017 600 600 0

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Popularity of Helena as a first name

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Popularity of Helena as a last name

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Common last names for Helena

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  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Anderson
  • Murphy
  • White
  • Wilson
  • Martin
  • Clark
  • Nelson
  • Thompson
  • Young
  • Davis
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Helena U.S.
  White 27.11% 64.26%
  African American 2.37% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.11% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 66.84% 16.26%

Of Last Name Helena

People with the last name Helena are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Helena

  • What name lists does Helena rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Helena? Helena is the 1,260th most popular name of all time. As a last name Helena was the 54,296th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Helena have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 34,876 babies born with the first name Helena in the United States. That's more than enough people named Helena to occupy the country of San Marino with an estimated population of 32,312 (as of March 31, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Helena? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 60 new born babies.
  • When was Helena first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Helena is Wednesday, February 26th, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Helena born? The highest recorded use of the first name Helena was in 2014 with a total of 623 babies.
  • Random Helena Factoid: According to the 1922 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Helena ranks 92nd in popularity as a baby girl's name in Vermont. Imagine that, 9 babies in Vermont have the same name as you in 1922.
  • Weird things about the name Helena: Your name in reverse order is Aneleh. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nahlee. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Helena? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 380 people with the last name Helena.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Helena? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Helena as their last name since less than 1 person in 769k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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