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Helena (F)>

Helena (female)

Variants:Elena (F) Helen (F)
Diminutive(s):Lena (F) Lene (F)
Pet Name(s):Leni (F)
Can be spelt:Ellena (F)
Source(s): English Parish Register
The Oxford Names Companion, OUP
"Scottish Forenames" - Donald Whyte, FGH, FSG

English, German, Dutch, Scandinavian and throughout Eastern Europe, Helena is the Latinate form of Helen [q.v.] which is from Greek meaning either "sun's rays" [ONC] or "bright one" [Whyte].

Helena is nowadays a popular variant of Helen as a given name. It was used, with appropriate Latin case endings, in old documents for Helen, Ellen and Elinor etc.