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I prefer Elaine.
nylonpanda  10/4/2019
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Helen Parr (also known as Elastigirl) is a character in the Pixar films the Incredibles/Incredibles 2.
Sweetlittlebumblebee  8/10/2019
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I think it's nice but I prefer Helena or Helene.
futuremother99  11/4/2018
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A dowdy, old lady name. It's good that this name is unpopular, and hopefully it will stay that way.
― Anonymous User  10/9/2018
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In 2018, 85 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Helen who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 105th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/5/2018
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Dame Helen Mirren (b.1945) is a British actress, she has won 26 awards as of 2018, since the beginning of her career in 1966. She is most known for portraying Queen Elizabeth II in the 2006 film "The Queen" and also for her role as Mrs Wilson in "Gosford Park".
Glen Corc.  9/28/2018
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It's nice but I prefer Helena and Elena.
kayisforkeen  8/13/2018
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UGH. I'm British and it was the scourge of the 1970s. Nasty ugly old spinster name. Vile.
― Anonymous User  3/2/2018
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It's just... yuk!
― Anonymous User  3/2/2018
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It sounds too old school, Elena sounds much better if you’ve seen my comment on Elena.
DanielRivera  1/25/2018
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Helen Carter (1927-1998) of the legendary Carter family.
Ruta Graveolens  4/19/2017
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I don't like the name because it sounds like hell, melon, alien, and holen /ho-len/ (a Filipino word for marbles, the children's toys). I also find it plain and old-fashioned nowadays. It lacks charm and "oomph", thus unappealing for me.
― Anonymous User  3/15/2017
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My name is Helen and I love it. Dad wanted to call me Melody! I'm sure glad Mum won that argument. Mum did not like shortened names, so I have always been called Helen by the family. I have been called all types of endearing nicknames. Helly is the most common one. Hel, Hels, Helly Welly, Hells Bells, are a few more. Not so keen on Hells Bells though. I'm also called Melon (by one sibling in particular), because I love watermelon and it's stuck with me since I was a child. My birthday is the same as one of the feast days. I've only just become aware of that. Also one of my nieces is called Elly. I also had an Aunty called Helen in Wales, who named one of her daughters Eleanor. I hadn't come across Neleh until I read the comments here. I really like it too. It has an Aussie tang to it. Suits me :-)
Helly  9/24/2016
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HELL-in, in hell! NOPE, don't like it.
― Anonymous User  8/14/2016
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Helen sounds a bit too masculine in my opinion (not that it'd ever work for a boy lol!) I like Helena more.
Sania01  7/27/2016
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Good name, what about Helene or Helena though?
Eileen1209864  5/4/2016
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The name is also used in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, and Germany. [noted -ed]
jegharenbumsipanden  3/22/2016
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Helen Hong is an American stand-up comedian.
lichnost  2/16/2016
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Helen of Greece and Denmark was the ex-wife of Carol II of Romania and Queen Mother of Romania. She was named Righteous Among the Nations for helping Jews during World War 2.
mymymetrocard  10/28/2015
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I'm not the hugest fan of Helen, but it is my daughter's middle name. She's named after my husband's Great-Aunt. I prefer Helena over Helen personally.
wbbuff  4/10/2015
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Growing up in the Pacific Northwest Mt. St. Helen's is a gem of the region! I was not alive when the mountain blew, but I grew up with it in site my whole childhood. It is special to me and that's a big reason why I love the name Helen. It's also old fashioned and pretty and ages well. Nicknames could be Elle, Ellie. Cons: Has the word hell in it, rhymes with melon.
LV51sfan91  4/5/2015
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Helen is not a particularly beautiful name, but, for some reason it seems special to me. People like Helen Keller and Helen Steiner Rice make it seem like a name for a girl that is deep and creative.
fugfacedmermaid  12/27/2014
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Helen is a beautiful, practical, sophisticated name. It's classy and stunning. (:
― Anonymous User  11/22/2014
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This is one of my favourite female names. It feels very different to 'Ellen', and I like it a lot better. It was the name of a girl I liked. It doesn't feel dated to me, as she is about thirty now and she is the most memorable Helen I've known.
nametoad  6/29/2014
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I believe that the actress Julianne Moore's daughter is Liv Helen.
Tess12  6/11/2014
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Helen is the wife of James Herriot in All Creatures Great and Small and its sequels.
shadow1999  1/21/2014
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My adorable 3 year old niece is named Helen, she goes by Nellie. I absolutely adore the name and I think Nellie is such a sweet nickname. I admit I wasn't a big fan of the name until my sister told me she was considering it for her daughter, and I fell in love with it. It's very unfortunately underused nowadays, and I'm not sure why. I guess most parents are picking 'modern' names for their kids. I bet a hundred years ago no one would've ever thought that a girl named Helen would stick out from all her classmates!
Isabel Price  8/12/2013
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Every time I hear this name, I think of Rose Byrne's character in Bridesmaids. It's a good association though, she's really pretty :) that could be part of the reason why I like the name Helen now, as it helped me associate it with younger generations rather than elderly women. Now I always think of pretty young women when I hear this name.
― Anonymous User  7/25/2013
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Actor Robert Deniro has a daughter named Helen Grace, born in 2011.
― Anonymous User  7/1/2013
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Helen has hell in it so I would NEVER pick it. I hate the name anyways, its dated and blah.
― Anonymous User  2/27/2013
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I knew a little girl named Helen, and although it's not my favorite name, I was sooo relieved to see that at least some people have sense and class when naming their children! A girl named Helen will be taken much more seriously and probably more respected than a forty year old woman named Madison or kaylee, which is going to be absolutely hilarious and pathetic in about thirty years when the world is filled with them :/
― Anonymous User  2/20/2013
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Helen Lovejoy is Reverend Lovejoy's gossipy wife on The Simpsons.
Buneary  2/5/2013
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Helen Keller! And, If my name was Helen, I would go by Ellie. Dirty passion of mine. P.S. I am obsessed with the nickname Ellie!
SEC908  11/2/2012
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Helen is an awesome name since it is my name. It's meaning is shining light or sun ray or torch or shining one. I don't know which meaning is right though!
Dreamname  9/22/2012
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Since I am a Helen I love it! I was named after my Grandmother (as well as my middle name) and I always loved that I was the only one my age named Helen. So I never had to add the first letter of my last name or go by my last name as a kid.
Freespiritcavin  9/10/2012
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Helen Colliander (born 2000 in Berkeley, California) is an American child actress.
― Anonymous User  8/10/2012
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Cool and calm, but a bit dull.
Hushpuppy  7/23/2012
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Helen Magnus is the main character of the excellent Syfy show Sanctuary.
sweetkit  7/21/2012
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I can't think of a female name most recognizably Greek in the modern world than this. We have all heard of the famed Helen of Troy, possessing beauty that can start wars.

I am curious as to know why the word "Hellenic" is synonymous with Greek culture. If this name symbolizes the moon or torches, what significance does these items have for the Greeks? Did ancient Greeks believe they were the "light" of the world with the knowledge they gained?
arxsyn  5/9/2012
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Like the end of hell.
― Anonymous User  1/31/2012
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I like this name. It's pretty, classic, and the nickname Nellie is adorable. I do prefer Helena, however.
Black_X  8/23/2011
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Helen Graham is the main character of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, by Anne Bronte.
― Anonymous User  7/28/2011
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Helen is a good name but kind of boring. Helena is better.
amazingtabby  7/10/2011
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I don't see how anyone can not like this name. It's practically perfect in every way: simple, pretty, goes well with a lot of other names, overall just beautiful.
Joy12  6/12/2011
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British actress Helen McCrory.
thesnowwhiterose  5/4/2011
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Meh- it's quite dated. It's like the babyboomer version of Hazel or Ethel.
JW41926  4/14/2011
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This name is alright; but it comes with some of the best possible nicknames--Nell/e, Nellie/y, and Nella!
DaphneSusan  2/1/2011
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Helen Sjöholm (b. 1970) is a famous Swedish singer and actress.
Caprice  10/28/2010
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There was a character in the syndicated show "Cleopatra 2525" who was named Helen but nicknamed Hel. As a bit of a mythology nerd, I think both "Helen" as a name and "Hel" as a nickname are very cool!
gala  1/15/2010
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A famous bearer of this name is American classical violinist Helen Armstrong (March 16, 1943 – April 28, 2006). Besides her classical music profession, she was the founder and artistic director of Armstrong Chamber Concerts.
AndrewJKD  12/13/2009
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I think it's gorgeous name!
Ravynne  9/13/2009
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According to another Greek myth Leda was not her mother, but the goddess Nemesis. Helen means 'torch' or 'the shining one'. The name is of the same origin as Helios (sun) and Selene (moon).
― Anonymous User  5/12/2009
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Famous singer Sade's real name is Helen.
emmiix3  3/25/2009
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My name happens to be Helen. I LOVE IT! One of my nicknames happens to be Melon. Great name, great nickname. Also, I have never met anyone near my age with my name. The end.
― Anonymous User  1/27/2009
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The first use of the name Helen was the male Greek, who was son of Deucalion (Zeus). Hellas or Greece is named after him, this can be found in the beginning of Thucydides `History of the Peloponesian War` p36. Further than this apparently the Greek `hel` may mean to capture, like the slaves the Helots and also possibly the `capture` of Helen of Troy.
willio  12/20/2008
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Helen is an absolutely lovely name, and it carries so many previous, wonderful bearers with it. If you don't like it, why are you looking it up?
hiya21  11/1/2008
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Its meaning can also be 'shining.'
Catsafari  10/17/2008
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"Is this the face that launched a thousand ships and set afire the topless towers of Illium?"

Helen of Troy was actually a Greek. She was not kidnapped by Paris, but went with him willingly. Her birth was bizarre: Zeus came to Leda in the form of a Swan, and Leda later laid two eggs. Each contained twins, and each egg held one child of her husband and one of the god, Zeus. Castor and Pollux were the boys hatched from one egg (one mortal, one demigod), and Helen and Clytemnestra (the mortal sister) were the girls hatched from the other. Helen and her sister married brothers--both Greek kings. Menelaus was Helen's husband, and Clytemnestra was married to Agamemnon.

Both sisters have interesting stories that are far too long for this comment, but at least Helen has the more attractive name for modern usage. Helen of Troy was not the most honorable woman, but so many women in history and literature since have given this name a lot of power.

(My middle name is Ellen. Same thing, really.)
Varuca  8/16/2008
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I love the name Helen. It's my beautiful baby girl's name. I have always found the story of Helen of Troy fascinating and I really like literary names for girls.
fon_solo  8/8/2008
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Edgar Allan Poe wrote two poems called "To Helen," both about his friend Sarah Helen Whitman.
Akua Topaz  8/3/2008
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Singer Angelo Kelly and Kira Harms have a daughter Helen Josephine Kelly, born on 5. November 2002.
Emilie007  7/4/2008
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I think Helen is a rather ugly name.
TheCocaineDiaries  6/7/2008
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It's not such a bad name per se, but it sounds like the name of a middle-aged woman nowadays. Quite frankly, I don't think I want it to become popular again, as reading the wrong blogs has introduced me to the nauseating views of life of a certain Dr. Helen. Anyway, it's quite a dull name, even if one that sounds relatively sane, if you get my drift.
slight night shiver  6/1/2008
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In Jane Eyre, Helen was one of my favorite characters despite being so minor. A beautiful name, too, I also like the story of Helen of Troy.
joli_dans_titre1  1/25/2008
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In Christopher Paolini's novels, Helen is the wife of Brom's old friend Jeod. She's not that relevant, though.
Carriebear_Nocare  1/22/2008
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The only thing I don't like about my name is that people keep calling me Helen Keller or ask me if I'm gellin' and then act like it's the most unique comment in the world. I've only heard it ten billion times! Also, many people spell it with 2 l's, and sometimes think I'm saying "Ellen" when I introduce myself. Still, I'm glad it's my name.
neleh  12/13/2007
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Yeah that's true. People do think you're saying Ellen, and why do people think there are 2 l's in Helen? I love it!
Hehehe  1/7/2008
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I love the name Helen, being a Helen myself, I love the fact that no-one has it.
Hehehe  9/30/2007
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Beatrix Potter's first name was Helen, after her mother.
Kate  9/15/2007
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Helen Dallimore is an actress and singer who has just finished her stint in the musical Wicked on the West End.
― Anonymous User  9/5/2007
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My daughter's name is Helen. I wanted something simple that wouldn't get shortened. It does get shortened even by me. I named her after Helen of Troy from my studies in Classical Studies. I genuinely like the name and it suits her!
Jacs  7/8/2007
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My middle name is Helen. I've never really liked it much, but it's ok. I would prefer Ellie or Ella, but Victoria Helen sounds quite nice I think.
Twix  6/18/2007
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I've heard Helen pronounced like the name Ellen.
bibi66  6/10/2007
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Helena was one of the characters in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Evil  6/6/2007
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Helen Kane was a popular singer in the 1920s. The Betty Boop cartoon character was inspired by her.
lawruh  5/24/2007
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Helen was, I believe, the name of the first Queen of Narnia in C. S. Lewis' books.
― Anonymous User  5/17/2007
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What a beautiful name! It rolls off the tongue so nicely.
Georgia_kh  4/17/2007
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Helen Fielding; author of crazily popular "Bridget Jones' Diary" and "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason". Both of these have been made into movies starring Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and (gags) Hugh Grant.
Surreal  4/16/2007
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I used to not really like the name Helen because I felt as if too many middle-aged and older women were named it. But recently I have rather taken a great liking to it and I now think it is very beautiful. I still prefer Helena over Helen, but I think that Helen is a good, strong name to have.
― Anonymous User  3/24/2007
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I think Helen is a cool name and those of you with problems with people named Helen have no right to be rude to everyone named Helen! So you can comment your own name.
Vllyballgurl1066  2/22/2007
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Helen Mirren - English actress. She was really good in the successful film 'Calendar Girls' and also was in 'The Queen' which was released in 2006.
Surreal  1/5/2007
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There is a novelist named Helen Myers.
― Anonymous User  11/28/2006
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My best friend in the whole world's name is Helen. I really like this name. It's not overused, and it's got a sophisticated sound to it. Like Neleh (who is the Helen I know) said, there are so many nicknames for Helen.
ekatz7  11/10/2006
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The only Helens I know of I don't like much so this has turned me off this name totally.
― Anonymous User  11/1/2006
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Whenever I think of the name Helen, I think of my mother's secretary from when I was a child. She was a sour woman, so maybe that's why I don't like the name much.
october_bay  10/7/2006
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I personally think Helen is a beautiful, elegant, and feminine name - not to mention classic. It's definitely something I'd consider naming my child, if I ever have one. Also, Helen Keller ROCKS.
aqualime  9/22/2006
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Helen Lyle is the name of Virginia Madsen's character in the great horror movie "Candyman".
audreyhubley  9/3/2006
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Helen Baxendale - other famous bearer.
Maggie_Simpson  8/4/2006
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Helen is the first friend of Jane in the novel by Charlotte Bronte, 'Jane Eyre'. Helen is an intelligent, but 'slattern' girl that took her discipline with strength.
Vraiment  7/27/2006
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This is my favorite female name. (And I am even familiar with anyone by the name of Helen) I just love how it sounds and the way the name feels.
Master_Kirby  7/10/2006
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I think the name Helen ROCKS!
neleh  7/3/2006
0
Helen Ward and Helen Forrest were two very popular big band swing singers in the 30's and 40's.
Baraka  6/30/2006
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My name is Helen and I think it totally ROCKS! If your name is Helen but you don't want to go by that, there's always Ella, Ellen, and Neleh (which is Helen backwards). ROCK ON HELENS OF THE WORLD!
― Anonymous User  6/20/2006
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My name is Lenuta, a Romanian derivate from Helen and I think that this name is the most beautiful name in the world. Let's remember Helen of Troy, the woman who made a war possible. :)
Lenna  6/4/2006
0
A famous bearer is the American actress Helen Hunt.
Keira_111  5/11/2006
2
I just don't like this name, both Helen's I know are not nice. I think of this name as Hell-on.
― Anonymous User  4/30/2006
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I think that Helen is an absolutely RUBBISH NAME. I dunno why you would call anyone Helen - OMG it sounds like Melon!
― Anonymous User  3/31/2006
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Helen Steiner Rice is a Christian poet.
lindamaree  3/12/2006
0
Helen is my mum's name, and I think it's very elegant and womanly.
Dogsy  2/20/2006
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Helen Keller was a mute, blind and deaf girl but overcame it.
bjd1994rts  2/3/2006
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And how could anyone forget Helen of Troy, "the face that launched a thousand ships"? The most beautiful woman in the world! Maybe the name does not mean beautiful, but it can be taken to be.
nouvellehelene  12/19/2005
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Helen means a torch.
jessica22  11/29/2005
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The name Helen is used in the 'What Katy Did' books. As cousin Helen, the beautiful kind and patient person who helps Katy become perfect.
― Anonymous User  11/29/2005
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When I was at school, we had 4 Matthews, 4 Lauras and 4 Helens. I would say it was fairly popular in England, at least in the late '70s, early '80s
tilly  8/17/2005
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Helen is a beautiful name, and it is also a very popular name in Germany.
― Anonymous User  5/11/2005

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