Helen Name Meaning & Origin

Helen

Pronunciation: HEH-lehn (key)

Origin of the name Helen:

Cognate of the Greek Helenē, which is derived from the root ēlē (light, torch, bright). The name is borne in Greek legend by the beautiful wife of the king of Sparta. Her abduction by the Trojan prince Paris sparked off the Trojan War.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Elena, Ella, Ellen, Ellie, Helena, Helene, Lena

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Nicknames for Helen

Nell, Nellie, Elle, Ellie, Ella, Lena, Leni, Hel

Meanings and history of the name Helen

Helen of Troy was the daughter of Zeus and Leda who was abducted by Paris, resulting in the Trojan War.

Helen means "shining light"

Famous real-life people named Helen

Helen Clark, New Zealand Prime Minister.
Helen Frankenthaler, American abstraction artist.
Helen Herron Taft, First Lady and wife of William Howard Taft.
Helen Garner, award-winning Australian novelist and screenwriter.
Helen Hayes, American actress.
Helen Hunt, American actress.
Helen Keller, American deaf-blind author, activist and lecturer.
Dame Helen Mirren, English award winning actress.
Helen Fielding, English author.
Helen Slater, actress
Helen Steiner-Rice, poet
Helen Thomas, political journalist
Helen Grace De Niro (b. 2011), daughter of American philanthropist, socialite, actress, and singer Grace Hightower and Italian-American actor, producer, and director Robert De Niro

Helen in song, story & screen

"Raising Helen", 2004 film starring Kate Hudson in the title role.
Helen, character in the novel "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte.
"To Helen", titles of two poems by Edgar Allen Poe.
Helen of Troy.
Helen Parr, character in the Disney/Pixar film "The Incredibles"
According to Margo Tenenbaum in the movie the Royal Tenenbaums, Helen in her middle name.
"Hey Hey Helen", song by the Swedish pop group Abba.
Helen Lovejoy, wife of Reverend Lovejoy on The Simpsons.

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