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Elena

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Origin: Greek
Meaning: Form of Helen

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Elena

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Elena in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Elena:

  • Records indicate that 58,831 girls in the United States have been named Elena since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2012, when 2,257 people in the U.S. were given the name Elena. Those people are now 6 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


     

    Comments about the name Elena

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      27 Positive Comments

  • "GREAT NAME!! ELEGANT AND SWEET! PREFER OWER HEL-EN!!" Nov. 14, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sisters name is Elena and I think it is an awesome name, but people always call her el a nor instead of ele na" Aug. 27, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Elena and i hate it when people mispronounce it!! The name is quite simple, i mean!!!" Nov. 21, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Elena Mae, but everyone calls me EL-AY-NA instead of EL-EN-A. Luckily, on the register at school, my name has been changed to my nickname, Ellie, so I only have my (French) surname to explain to teachers! I have to admit, there is only two other people in the school with this name. One is the art teacher, who pronounces it the same way as me, and the other pronounces it EL-AY-NA, just to make the confussion even worse!" Oct. 7, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My whole families slavic so Elena is a pretty common name. I hate it how when English translated it's traditional from "eh-LEH-na" to "eh-LAY-na" or "ee-LAY-na". Because everysingle one of its origins is a phonetic language so you say it how you read it. PLUS English speaker's only started using the name a few hundred years after. Sorry, it's a bit of rant but I don't like it when people tell me that I can't say my name. <3 Elena. BTW Sorry to all the eh-lay-na's but I got history on my side :)" Oct. 21, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is elena and i'm 8 and the gym teacher calls me alana! i wish i could find it on mugs and stuff with names on it. my bro has two of them and i have 1. from las vegas. i LOVE my name. it rocks. most people spell it alana or elana but its ELENA e-l-e-n-a. my mom almost named me kate but i'm lucky she named me elena." Apr. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Elena. I love it too. Im now having a Little Daughter and her name will be Gabriella Elena, cause my husband loves Elena too." Jan. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Elena, and im not remotely spanish russian or greek or wherever this name seems to be popular, i'm polynesian, and it was my aunts name. I know two of my distant relatives with the same name, and it doesnt matter to me how people pronounce it but they better spell it right. I love my name, so many origins of how it came to be." Jan. 10, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Elena. I'm Spanish, and here is a very common name. In my group of friends, there are two Elenas more, but I'm very proud of my name!" Nov. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "In spanish places they pronounce it Eh-le-na and since i live close to the mexican border they use both around here, even though i don't like it when they call me Eh-lay-na i learned to live with. but shouldn't Elena be pronounced eh-le-na since there is an e in the middle." Oct. 31, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name but I hate all the people that named their kid that. I used to be the only Elena around until about 1990 according to the chart." Aug. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name's pronounced Ele-n-a but everyone calles me Elenor, or Elana. My mother says the name originated from Russia and means "Ray of Sunshine" :)Love ya all!" Nov. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "One of my best friends' name is Elena, but she gets frustrated when i pronounce it eh-lay-nah instead of ee-lay-nah. she got used to it though. it's a pretty name." Apr. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Elena and people always thinks that I am russian, because I have russian last name. I am married to russian man and all his relatives thought i was russian.." Apr. 14, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "mi name is Elena i hate it when people pronounce mi name wrong it gets me pist off but i like mi name" Mar. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I tell them Eelaana but my nickname's Laners as my little sister couldn't say it right." Feb. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our daughter's name is Elena and we pronounce it (eh-LAY-nah) We have received so many compliments on it as well as her baby sister's name, Sofia." Feb. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm Elena and I pronounce my name eh-LAY-na. Most people get it right the first time (fortunately for me)." Aug. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Elena. Sometimes, when people heard my name, they want to write " Ellena ", with LL." May. 27, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My older sister have this name. It sounds beauty and I had read that the meaning is something like sun and warmth. And in the orthodox bibel there is a women which called Elena, too." Apr. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name!! It is unique and special because no one I have ever met has had the same name as me. My friends all think of a cool nickname for me such as Lainee or something like that. I think I have the best name in the world!" Feb. 13, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Elena (pr. eh-LAY-na). The vast majority of people I have contact with do pronounce it correctly although I've heard ee-LEE-na too. I haven't run into many people with this name (a fact that I love)." Feb. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is our daughter's name. We love the name. It's multicultural: Spanish, Russian, Italian. Her nickname is Ellie." Jan. 24, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have this name and it's very difficult to find nicknames but sometimes my friends/family call me "Lanie"" Dec. 28, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name. . .and someone said that it would be hard to have a nick name with this name. . but its not i mean i have many. . .E, Lanie, Lana(lane a), there are more. . .but i dont have time. ." Dec. 6, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name and even love the nickname, Ellie." Dec. 5, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like it if it's pronounced with the "E" sound. I always like nicknames though, and this would be hard to have a nickname..."El" maybe?" Aug. 31, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      12 Neutral Comments

  • "im greek and my name is elena, i dont know why its spanish or russian. Also my name in greek means helen in greek...interesting :P lol" Feb. 13, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Elena. In English, it's pronounced E-Lay-Nuh and in Spanish it's eh-LE-nah. Many people spell it "Elaina" or "Elainia"...Why do people make it so hard for themselves?? It's spelled how it's said!! Besides the misspellings, I love my name! So many different origins..." May. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Elena. In English, it's pronounced E-Lay-Nuh and in Spanish it's eh-LE-nah. Many people spell it "Elaina" or "Elainia"...Why do people make it so hard for themselves?? It's spelled how it's said!! Besides the misspellings, I love my name! So many different origins... :)" May. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have the name Elena--I'm an immigrant from the USSR. I spell it Yelena here because in Russian it starts with a 'ye' sound. Unfortunately, it often leads people to misread my name and call me Yelonda... drives me crazy!! I also go by Helen and Lena... so people can pick and choose." Mar. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We just named one of our twin daughters this name. We pronounce it eH-lay-nah. We've received nothing but comliments on it. Such a feminine yet strong and classic name! Love it!" Feb. 22, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I know 6 Elenas. People always pronounce this wrong. They say it like, "e-LEH-nah", but its "e-LAY-na". It's a very nice name. Most people spell it, "Elana or Alana", but that's a misspelling! It's ELENA, guys, ELENA!!!" Feb. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my cousin's name and i am so jealous of her!! Her and her sister i think have gourgeous names!! Elena Mae and Audrey Sue. Her parents and everyone in my family call her Lena, but i prefered to be different and call her Ellie. She tells me she likes Ellie more thans Lena and i have to agree with her. Lena sounds to greek for our English Family!!" Oct. 29, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sister's name is Elena, and people mispronounce it all the time (Alena, El-ena.) It's El-n-ah." Oct. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Elena is such a formal sounding name that growing up I was always called Lana or Lany. People seldom pronounce it correctly, but I've gotten used to that." Aug. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Elena (Ee-lay-nah), but people are always pronouncing it differntly: I hear Ah-lah-nah, and Ell-enna an awful lot. I really love the name with the "Ee" sound - the other pronounciations are okay, but not what I had in mind when I chose the name." Mar. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "most people-no joke- named elena have ADD but its a feminie cute name" Mar. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "when people first hear my name they think it is spelled with an A. But then when they see it printed on paper with an E they make the E sound. But we pronounce it with an A I guess." Jun. 9, 2005: Report as inappropriate



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