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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Helen
This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Helen in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the girl's name Helen:
Records indicate that 1,013,840 girls in the United States have been named Helen since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1918, when 36,157 people in the U.S. were given the name Helen. Those people are now 101 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 Helen
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26 Positive Comments
"My daughter was born in 2007. We named her Helen after my husband's grandma. She likes her name because it is unique and no one else at her school has her name. So for now she is ok with her name. I think it is a beautiful name." Jul. 17, 2017:
"Yo,my name is Helen and I love my name because everyone asks me if my name is spelled with two L's and of course I love attention and talking.I think its great that my name is Helen.I know many people with the name Helen!Even though my name is spelled with one L's everyone pronounces my name with two including me!😂 Don't hate your name ,if people teased you,don't even listen! Helen is a better name than their name! So ha ha!Whoever doesn't like your name ,they don't know nothing!!!If you hate your name ,that means you hate yourself because its part of you!😭 I don't care what anyone says about my name! Helen is the greatest name I could ever have😁💯😉⭐✨😻💙💫" Jul. 2, 2017:
"My name is Helen and I was born in 1956. When I was a kid I got teased a lot about my name because it was old-fashioned even at that time. I absolutely hated my name when I was a kid, and I didn't have a middle name to fall back on (my dad insisted that hy brother and I did have middle names). I LOVE my name now. It's classic plus I love the meaning. "Helen" means "light," and I sincerely hope that I am a light for others to follow." Jun. 22, 2017:
"Fab. Can't get much more stylish than Helen of Troy." Jun. 19, 2016:
"My legal name is Helen, and I liked it, but was called Nellie all my life. So I gave the name to my daughter who is 20 now, She loves it. and is the 5th Generation with the name. I think it is very feminine and makes me think of a smart, beautiful grand lady." May. 14, 2016:
"I'm Helen. I love my name. What I have always liked best about it is that it is both traditional and modern. Therefore it doersn't age you. I have met 90 year old Helens and 4 year old Helens (I'm in the middle somewhere.
I have a variety of nicknames and I don't mind any of them, Hels, Hells Bells, Helzapoppin, Hellion, Nell, Helly have all been mine at some time. Always liked it, would never want to change it." Dec. 9, 2015:
"My daughter is Helen, named for several wonderful women on both sides of her family - mine and my husband's. She is a teenager and while she doesn't hate her name now, she doesn't love it. It's not because people make terrible nicknames out of it. She actually hasn't run into that. she just doesn't love it. However, I think she will someday. My sister's name is Virginia, which she hated when she was younger. (If you think you can have fun with the name Helen, try being named Virginia). Virginia loves her name now. She is proud to be named after the force of nature that was our wonderful late grandmother, and she loves its timelessness - people can't peg the decade of her birth by her name, as you can with the Jennifers, Danas and Lisas of our day." Sep. 23, 2015:
"My name is Helen,my husband calls me Hel's,I really like my name,as a child i never met another Helen but now i'm older all my kid's friends mother's seem to be called Helen!! I can't understand why it isn't more popular as it's a lovely name and my friends always comment that it's a great name to have,much better than so many made up names today x" Mar. 11, 2015:
"I'm called Helen. Sometimes people mishear it as Heaven, Heather, Ellen, or whorebag. But such is life. I like feeling unique." Jan. 7, 2015:
"I met the most beautiful woman named Helen. Green eyes, brown hair and the most adorable smile. She sat across the table from me at a wedding. I spent the entire evening mesmerized by her. She stood up and her waistline was tiny, she had the most amazing legs and as she passed by tables every head turned. The film boxing Helena reminds me of her. Never saw her again, but now just love that name." Dec. 16, 2013:
"My 5 year old is named Helen Grace. Such a beautiful classic name!" Jun. 10, 2013:
"This is my nannie name, I was thinking our first girl Helen but not sure of a middle name. As a nick name I was thinking ellie" May. 27, 2012:
"My name is Helen but often spell it Helan and pronounce it Hee lann it's rather annoying and everyone that iv talked to says that there mum on granny is called Helen it dosn't seem to be a popular name any more!" Nov. 15, 2010:
"My name is Helen. I'm 27 years old and have only met Helens who are much older. I love my name - it's unique yet traditional. It's strong and feminine at the same time!" Oct. 8, 2010:
"I am the fourth Helen in a row. The name has sophistication, it's not common or trendy, and definitely makes people take notice. There are lots of recorded nicknames for Helen, but really, how do you improve upon a classic? All these youngsters on here who hate it would equally hate be one of a sea of Britanny's, Emma's, Brianna's, etc. As for it sounding like 'Hellian (you spelled that wrong, by the way), you need a hearing aid. When men asked about me when I was single, you didn't have to wade through a sea of trendy, overly used names. When they said 'Helen', everyone knew who they were talking about. Plus, I was a BABE. I was compared to Helen of Troy no less. So you haters? Keep on hating. I am one Helen who is proud of it and regal enough to carry it. Helen is a grand old name." Jul. 6, 2010:
"my sister, mother, 2 grandmothers and 1 great grand mother all called Helen - I also know this beautiful woman called Helen, would like to know her better - So I have only good things to say about this name" May. 27, 2010:
"I am Helen and I'm from Helensburgh!! I love my name, wasn't so keen on it when I was younger. I really don't mind being called Hell, Smelin, Melon etc. There was my mate Hannah and we were Helen Melon and Hannah Banana It's all a good laugh. There are a lot worse names out there!!!" Nov. 18, 2009:
"Not sure why most of you don't like your name?! It's so unique and has such a pleasant ring to it. I have almost the same story as Helen of 10/07/06 -- 1980 baby, never knew another Helen my age, everyone says "oh that's my grandma's name," etc. But that didn't bother me. I'd rather be Helen than all the other popular names of my generation -- Jennifer, Jessica, Stephanie or Sarah. Blah-de-blah!! I was named after my grandma's cousin. People call me Helly, but I don't mind it. Hopefully you'll all learn to love your name eventually! I think it's a lovely name. Helen of Troy -- duh!!" Mar. 30, 2009:
"helen is my name i was born in 1992. i was named after a really good friend of my mothers. when i was born she bought me everything for when i came home and it was all pink. she died before i got to meet her but my mom tells me stories about her all the time and that i should be proud of my name becuase helen has alot of meaning if you think about it." Feb. 11, 2009:
"My name is Helen and I'm 14 years old, but I hate my name. It's such an old name! I tried getting people to call me Lena for a while, but nobody liked the idea." Oct. 18, 2008:
"Interesting. We named our daugther born in 2002 Helen, after her grandmother. We meet very few Helens now but so many people say "Helen's such a lovely name - that was my Grandmother's name". Your graph explains why...." Nov. 29, 2007:
"I am 22 yrs old and I like that not too many people have my name now.. it is a beautiful name and I do not understand why it is not that common now!" Apr. 21, 2007:
"Not many Helen's out there in my age group (22), mostly older women have the name. Thus, I enjoy being having a classic name that is uncommon today." Sep. 20, 2006:
"Go Helen's! I love this name - it might have something to do with the fact that... hang on, that;s MY name. Yay!" Jun. 20, 2006:
"I have a best friend named Helen and I think thats a beautiful name." Apr. 20, 2006:
"I often hear "Oh, that's my grandmother's name!" or some dirty men think it is funny to make some Helen of Troy comment about my looks. On the whole, I love my name because it's not popular or too girly weak." Jan. 15, 2006:
7 Negative Comments
"I?ve always hated my name. It makes me sound so much older than my age. I wish my parents had given me a prettier name; it?s set me up for feeling ugly all of my life. Sending a girl to school with a name that rhymes with ?melons? is just cruel imo, and ?Hell?s bells? is a rotten nickname 👎🏻 It?s not even like it?s a name that was popular a very time ago either - I?ve traced my family history back to the 1600s and not found a single other Helen. I wish I could change my name but I?d feel silly now, in my 30s 🙄😟" Oct. 31, 2018:
"i hate may name! all my mean cheeky friends call me old granny and I'm fed up with it, i always wanted a nick name but no one would call me another name, so sad! but i guess you should love your name especially when beautiful people are call that like helen of troy." Feb. 22, 2018:
"I personally don't like the name Helen because it sound plain and old-fashioned. Most Helens I know are already aged 50 and up. Besides, it also sounds like "hell" and somehow like "alien". I prefer the more pleasant sounding derivatives like Helena and Elaine." Nov. 24, 2016:
"Hate the name, plain and simple, hate it!!! I am a Helen, born in 1956. Couldn't my parents think of a prettier and more creative name? I blame in on my sperm donor, of whom I had never met, he's dead now.
Signed Helen who has always hated her name." May. 27, 2015:
"My name is Helen, but i hate it! people say it has to do w/ the swear wrd, so it sux." Jun. 4, 2010:
"Oh my god why on earth would you want a name that can be shortened to Hell? Helen is a dreadful name, everyone I know called it gets nicknamed Smellen. It's horrid. Do not lumber your child with a name like this." Jul. 14, 2009:
"I am called Helen and sometimes people spell it as "Hellen"" Aug. 1, 2005:
27 Neutral Comments
"Absolutly hate my name helen . What the 'hel' were my parents thinking? Im in my 50s but still feel its an older ladies name hate hate hate it ive been wanting to change it for all my adult life" Feb. 15, 2019:
"My name is Helen is didn't like it when I was young made me feel old because its a old name i'm old know and it is ok!" Sep. 30, 2015:
"I was named for my maternal grandmother but my father gave the spelling a very unique twist with a "y": Helyn. The pronunciation is standard although people do try to make it extra fancy as in HELLeeen. I have always had a love/hate/"where are all the Helyns" which is why I googled my name today. It was last ranked #1 in 1918... 1918, that's all I have to say. It's cool though. I once tried to take a picture of a business called Bob & Helyn's (I'm married to a Bob!) but the pic didnt come out." Apr. 7, 2015:
"My name is Helen and I was born in 1985. I'm not a massive fan of my name as I think it's an old person's name. My hubby has an old fashioned name too so people probably assume we're an elderly couple before they meet us! He calls me Hels, as does my sister and a few friends. I also get Hel occasionally and my father in law calls me Aitchy (not sure how to spell such a word!!). Don't love it, don't hate it, it's just my name 😊" Mar. 17, 2015:
"My names Helen ,I'm not sure if I like it or not ,kinda old fashioned but quite sophisticated.Dont mind it being shortened to hel hellie or melon" Jul. 15, 2013:
"I hated my name when I was young but now love it. I am much older and it is nice to have a name that is classic. I read it was the most popular girls name in 1904. I was named after 4 Helen's. You cannot go wrong with Helen!" Jul. 2, 2012:
"My name is Helen I once seen it spelled Hylen I was told that is the Greek spelling for Helen I love it I wish I could change the way mine is spelled, I love the name Helen every one tells me its an old name thats ok I love it anyway" Nov. 8, 2011:
"My name is Mary Helen my mother said my father picked my name because he loved the song Maria Ellena It is a beautiful song and in english it means Mary Helen that makes the name special plus I think of Helen of Troy there are many special people named Helen and I am sure each and every one of you are one of them so be thankful your parents loved you enough to give you a beautiful name My father died when I was very young and I am very grateful he choose this beautiful name for me God Bless my DAD" Nov. 7, 2011:
"well my name is Helen im 12 years old, i use to love my name, but no one i know or at school is named this , i think its knind of old now an not a lot of people name this anymore. my mom named me Helen because she wanted me to be beautiful and smart. people also call my elle, ellen, and stuff like that" Jun. 12, 2010:
"My names Helen too ! my friends also call me hellie or hell & i was named after my grandmother :] coincidence !" Feb. 23, 2010:
"my name is helen and im 16. i dont know anybody my age with this name. i was named after my grandmother. some of my friends call me hellie. im the only one in my whole school with this name. i like my name because it was my grandmothers but other then that i dont like it." Dec. 10, 2009:
"my name's helen, im 13..i hate it hah. it's suppositly saphistacated? whatever!!" Nov. 15, 2009:
"I sometimes get called H, but there isn't really an appealing abbreviation for it, i don't think. I like it because it's the name my parents gave me but i often think about changing my name to something a little more me xx" Mar. 30, 2009:
"I am 15 years old and my name is Helen. I am not a big fan of the name and people tend to call me Hel. A few people call me Melon. Sometimes I try to have people call me Ellie but no nickname has really stuck." Mar. 25, 2009:
"I think the name is ok. i'm 17 and there is another Helen in my year, never got to be the special one with only me with the name . i get called Hell or Melon a lot, mainly by my brother. although friends call me Helly (which i cant stand) which just reminds me of Nelly the elepahnt" Jan. 20, 2009:
"My names Helen and i'm 17. My family call me Hels. I dont know anyone of my age with the name but know lots of older people with it, i was named after my nan. I dont like it personally." May. 20, 2008:
"I was born in the 50s and never met more than one other Helen while growing up. Still don't meet many. I was named after a favorite great Aunt. It's misspelled often--Hullan, Helan, Hellen, etc. Amazing. Seems so simple to spell." May. 9, 2008:
"I'm a Helen and I'm 36. It's not that uncommon in the UK.
I've never been overly keen on it myself but lots of other people like it.
My family all call me 'Nellie' though" Apr. 30, 2008:
"i know this total beezy named helen so i hate this name. she thinks she is so cool because she...well, i dont know why she thinks she is so cool...but she isnt. at all.
i hate helen. HELLen no wonder. slice." Apr. 15, 2008:
"Helen is such an enchanting name, more over because it reminds me of this story I read where the main character, Helen, was a ghost.
Nice story, you should read it: "A certain slant of light" methinks." Mar. 21, 2008:
"My names helen and seeing as i was born in the 90's when it was less popular and no one in my family has the name i dont intierly know why i was called it, My mother just told me she thought it was a pretty name and so different from what people where calling their children at the time" Dec. 27, 2007:
"Its my sister's name, and I named her so I love it:)" Oct. 11, 2007:
"Of course I would not have the nerve to make fun of it; but to be honest it sounds kinda like 'hellian.' And what would you call her for short, Hell?
Other than that its a beautiful name." Jul. 21, 2007:
"I was born in 1980, I have always been the only "Helen" in any of my classes. Anytime I met someone new they would comment and say how odd to see such a young person with such an old name- more commonly they would tell me that their grandmother or aunt was named "Helen." Ironically, I was not named for anyone." Oct. 7, 2006:
"I find it irritating as it sounds a lot like hello, so you are often unsure whether people are talking to you or someone else." May. 2, 2006:
"My name is spelled Hellen, my father misspelled years ago. I love my name it makes me very unique and unusual. There are not very many people this day and time with this name." Feb. 13, 2006:
"Lots of people call me 'Elen or Hel. Its a nice name when people use it properly but when they drop the 'H' it sounds horrible." Dec. 26, 2005:
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