Elena

Meaning and Origin of the Name Elena

The name Elena is a Welsh form of Helen.

Helen of Troy was famous for being the cause of the Trojan War. She was the most beautiful woman in the world and was married to the Greek King Menelaus. When Prince Paris of Troy kidnapped her, the war began, ending in Troy’s defeat.

However, the name Elena now has more peaceful associations. It’s a name also used in Italy and Spain, and the meaning of Elena is “bright light” or “shining one.” People with this name are said to be creative and courageous and also born leaders. But they can sometimes be a bit stubborn.

Popularity of Elena

Although Elena is a form of Helen that goes back to the 12th century, it was not in the top 100 of popular girls’ names in Wales in 2014.

Famous People Named Elena

Elena Ferrante is an Italian novelist who in 2016 was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine. She’s most noted for her Neapolitan Novels.

Elena Igorevna Radionova is a Russian figure skater. She was the 2015 Russian national champion.

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