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The entry says "Latinate form of Helen." This is reasonable from an English-speaking persective, but both derive from the ancient Greek name. Helen is the Anglicized version and certainly newer. Helena is the Latin transliteration of the ancient Greek name while the English version drops the final vowel.

There are two forms of the name in Greek. Modern and ancient Attic is 'ELENH and ancient Doric/Aeolian etc. is 'ELENA (the vowel shift eta-alpha was common between the dialects as in SPARTH-SPARTA). Note that the leading H is not written, but indicated by '.
esalathe  4/13/2005
In German this is pronounced heh-LEEN-ah, in English it is traditionally pronounced HEH-lenn-ah. I simply adore this name; it is so beautiful, feminine, sophisticated, and strong, plus, its history is astounding.
― Anonymous User  5/29/2005
The Helena River (pronounced he-LEE-na) is one of the three main rivers in Perth, the capital city of Western Australia.
Chrisell  8/14/2005
There's a town/city in Montana called Helena.
― Anonymous User  8/18/2005
"Helena" is a really beautiful song by My Chemical Romance. You should see the video for that song. It is absolutely stunning. What a lovely lady.
MyChemsBadGirl  8/19/2005
Thanks to My Chemical Romance, I love this name! The song is beautiful. The song is named Helena after Gerard and Mickey Way's grandmother whose name was Elena (Helena) Lee Rush.
michi_vane  4/22/2007
Can be pronounced as he-LAY-na, he-LEE-na or HEL-en-ah.
Ciarda  10/5/2005
Helena is the greatest name in the WHOLE world.
hstaylor1  11/17/2005
Actress Helena Bonham Carter is a famous bearer.
― Anonymous User  12/19/2005
Helena is my name. Usually people don't like their own names but I love mine. ^_^ I think it's a beautiful name and I'm proud to be its bearer.
helena92  1/8/2006
The name Helena seems to be pronounced many different ways. There's hel-AY-na, hel-EE-na, and (this is my least favorite) helen-a.
― Anonymous User  1/19/2006
Argh! I can't believe you hate the name Helen-a, that's how you say my name! Take it back, now!
― Anonymous User  2/1/2006
Dutch pronunciation is hay-LAY-nah. [noted -ed]
X-Mar  2/19/2006
I love this name! I think Helena is the most beautiful name ever! Wow, what can I say about this fantastic name? Not only its classic origin (a marvel of beauty, Helen of Troy) but also its sound and spelling are just incredibly
beautiful, graceful and ladylike. It reminds me of a woman gifted with both intelligence and beauty. It's the name anyone would be proud to have. Also I think Helena is more mysterious and unique than Helen. If I have a daughter,
she'll be named Helena! :)
Lily Anastasia  3/3/2006
My name is Helena, and it has a French accent over the second 'e', which I couldn't get to show up here. Because of the accent, it is pronounced hel-ay-na. A Greek name with a French accent. My mother was definitely creative!
helenamk  3/30/2006
I think Helena is more exciting than Helen, but they're both equally pretty and elegant.
GroovyLady  3/31/2006
Can be prounounced:
Hey-Lay-Nah (as in the My Chemical Romance song)
Helen-nah (as in the actress)
And I've heard "Hay-lana" but I think that was someone doing a very bad accent...
patchworkgirl  4/22/2006
One of Queen Victoria's daughters was named Helena (pronounced Helen-ah).
― Anonymous User  5/13/2006
The Greek singer (winner in Eurovision 2005) Helena Paparizou is a famous bearer.
Keira_111  5/22/2006
It means "woman Greek" and in Spanish it is pronounced e-LE-na.
Keira_111  5/22/2006
In Sweden, Helena is pronounced "he-LEH-nah", similar but not quite as "he-LAY-na".
[noted -ed]
Ylva  5/26/2006
Saint Helena was the mother of Constantine I.
wiswina  6/3/2006
Helena was also of the characters in William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." I think this is a very pretty and feminine name.
― Anonymous User  6/4/2006
Helena is a very common name in the Mennonite communities, or was, one or two generations ago.
menno_girl  7/11/2006
My preferred pronunciation is "he-LAY-na". This version of Helen is much prettier to me; I always envisioned this dowdy person when I heard the name "Helen" (possibly due to the sound of the "h").
― Anonymous User  8/2/2006
English should be listed as well. [noted -ed]
― Anonymous User  8/14/2006
Listen to the German pronunciation of Helena here:
_satu_  9/3/2006
I believe Helena is a beautiful name. If I ever have a daughter I would like to name her this. It's old fashioned and classic yet not to common and still fits with the naming style of today. It's also very elegant sounding.
Tito82  10/10/2006
No offense but I don't like this name, it sounds kind of snooty.
― Anonymous User  11/1/2006
This name has been perverted by popular culture throughout the ages. I personally hate this name, both because of the "Midsummer Night's Dream" character and the My Chemical Romance song (the only good aspect of it is when they do the umbrella dance in the music video XD).
Eilicea  12/28/2006
I absolutely love this name! My Chemical Romance used it for one of the titles of their songs, which was inspired by Gerard and Mikey Way's grandmother's passing, whose name was Helen, but they thought of her as Helena. I say the name like HEL-len-a. If I had a daughter, I would name her this!
ellahcooper2495  1/17/2007
Helena is a very beautiful name in my opinion.
EgYpTiAn PrInCeSs  1/17/2007
"HEL-en-ah" is lovely, but I like "he-LAY-nah" better; it has a stronger sound.
gaelruadh19  1/28/2007
This makes me think of a bad word.
― Anonymous User  2/13/2007
Very beautiful name. I like to pronounce it as "hel-AY-nah" but the other ways aren't bad either. This is much better than the name Helen, in my opinion.
― Anonymous User  2/23/2007
My name is Helena Clare (pronounced He-len-a) and I think it goes quite well. I was named after my auntie who pronounced it Hel-lay-na but my mother changed it to make it more personal. I like Hel-lay-na as well as Hel-len-a though!
― Anonymous User  3/1/2007
In the movie Mirrormask, the main character was named Helena.
Roanoke17  3/31/2007
It is also used in Catalan.
― Anonymous User  5/3/2007
I prefer more Helena than Elena, I find it more beautiful.
met  5/3/2007
I like this name; it seems elegant and strong, yet feminine, too. I like the nickname Nene (pronounced nay-nay).
emoly93  5/21/2007
I love the name Helena (my version is pronounced Helen-a). It feels elegant, a little graceful, historical, strong. A good name to have. On the other hand, I hate it when people who don't know me, pronounce it He-LAY-na or worse still He-LEE-na. Yuk! And I really dislike my middle name 'Clare' but they do go well together. Helena meaning 'bright' and Clare meaning 'clear'.
HCCook45  5/31/2007
My cousin's grandmother's name is Helena. She pronounces it he-leen-a. Her family calls her Leen. I thought that was an intresting pronunciation.
― Anonymous User  7/5/2007
I just find the name snooty and standoffish. The only pronunciation I have heard is hel-lay-na. She wasn't a very nice person either.
― Anonymous User  8/1/2007
Helena is the daughter of Rowena Ravenclaw in the Harry Potter book series. She is also known as the Grey Lady.
sidewalkxlines  8/1/2007
So much better than Helen. I like it pronounced Hel- Lee- Nuh best.
sharonrenee  8/12/2007
This is such a beautiful, classic name. (I pronounce it he-LAY-nuh)
Fionafabulous  8/14/2007
Helena was the name of Ben the baker's wife in the Storykeepers series. It's also the name of my hometown here in Montana. Since it's the capital, it's known as the "Queen city of the Rockies."
You can tell who's from the South or the East Coast and who's not by how they pronounce Helena. Those from the West pronounce it HEL-en-a, while those from the South and East pronounce it hel-EEN-a (blech!).
Atarah Derek  9/10/2007
Helena is one of the main characters in the fairy tale "The Seven Simons", which is a take-off on the story of Helen of Troy, and the fairy tale "Prince Fickle and Fair Helena", which I don't remember what is about, as I've only read the fairy book that "Prince Fickle and Fair Helena" is in once. Pretty much all of the fairy tales I mention on this site are in the collection The Fairy Tale Books of Many Colors, edited by Andrew Lang. I think Helena is a very beautiful name. I like it pronounced any way the other people have mentioned, but I prefer it HEL-enn-a. Indescribably prettier than the very boring name Helen.
harry_sent_me  10/18/2007
My name is Helena I pronounce it he-LEE-na.
Helena182  11/11/2007
This is a really pretty name. I like it a whole lot better than Helen.
aquaspirit96  12/27/2007
My name :) Pronounced ay-LAY-na in Portuguese (the h is silent).
mellon.collie  1/4/2008
Whenever I hear this name, I think of MCR's song "Helena". Because I have this view, I think it's dark, mysterious and very pretty.
― Anonymous User  2/19/2008
The name Helena is a strong, feminine name. I like that it is a classic and traditional, but not too worn. It fits well with many last names because of all of its origins.
― Anonymous User  4/6/2008
Helena is such a beautiful and elegant name. I love it to death.
LucyHugh  5/17/2008
Famous bearers:
Model Helena Houdová
Actress Věra Helena Hrubá-Ralston
Actress Helena Houbalová
MaggieSimpson  5/20/2008
Nickel Creek's song Helena is probably one of their best.
― Anonymous User  7/11/2008
Contrary to the pronunciation entry, I've heard Helena pronounced:
JadePenbrooke  8/1/2008
Helena Dvořáková, actress, born 30th January, 1979 in Brno.
Emilie007  8/26/2008
Helena is one of the characters of the fighting game series, Dead or Alive. She is the main character of Dead or Alive 4.
Zan11  12/10/2008
Helena Christensen is a Danish model.
― Anonymous User  12/29/2008
This may just be my favorite female name. I prefer the pronunciation "He-LAY-na". If I ever have a little girl, this will be her name.
MorbidHarlequin  1/19/2009
My mother's name, since she is Dutch she pronounces it Heh-LAY-nah. I think it is a lovely name if it is pronounced Heh-LAY-nah, not a fan of Heh-len-ah. Also, my mother's nickname was Heleen, pronounced Heh-LAYN. I would definitely give Helena or Heleen as a middle name to a daughter.
emmiix3  1/20/2009
Pronouced Ee-le(like cliché)-nuh in Portuguese.
― Anonymous User  1/26/2009
In Croatian: hell-ENN-ah.
enchy  9/10/2009
In Estonia there is a very popular form from Helena (probably derived from it)- Heleri or Helery. It popped up about 30 years ago and now is very widely used.
Arwo  9/25/2009
Lesser known is the Lakota (commonly known as Sioux) Native American version of this name. The pronunciation is /he LEE nah/. It is the Lakota version of the name that gave the Montana city it's name, not the Greek. Famous bearer's of the name include the Oglala Lakota holy man and leader, Tasunka Witko's (or Crazy Horse in English) second wife. It may also be from her that the city of Helena, Montana gained it's name or some other Native American woman as the name was common amongst the Lakota people.
LakotaGirl  11/7/2009
Also used in Croatia. [noted -ed]
goricar  11/14/2009
Whilst I think this is a nice name, I prefer the name Helen. Helena just sounds a bit too Mediterranean for me, personally.
walesgal92  11/21/2009
It's a nice name. I'm surprised I've only met one person with it considering it's been on the top 1000 every year in the US, excluding my birth year (1992).
Aureliano  2/28/2010
This is such a beautiful and classy name! It should be used more than it is.
-Julia-  3/26/2010
A beautiful name, classy and elegant. It's a name that a girl can actually grow up with, and there aren't many names like that around. It also reminds me of Helena Bonham Carter, a favorite actress of mine.
Black_X  5/11/2010
The proper Latvian spelling is Helēna, not Helena. It's probably best to create a separate entry for the Latvian form. [noted -ed]
Lucille  9/7/2010
The names Helena, Lena, Helen, and other variants are usually the pathetic, hopeless, naive characters in literature. My AP English teacher defines these names as the prostitutes of literature.
― Anonymous User  11/4/2010
I rather like this name, despite the awful MCR song. It's one of my favorites, though I don't think I'll be naming my daughter Helena.
I pronounce it "HEL-[]-n[]" (almost HELLNA), "h[]-LAY-n[]" and "h[]-LEEN-[]". Can't decide which I like best. Though, if I ended up preferring the "h[]-LEEN-[]" pronunciation, I'd probably spell it "Halina" which is a bit prettier in my opinion.
DaphneSusan  1/7/2011
Or it could be pronounced HEL-en-a, as in the capital of Montana, and the wife of Ben the Baker from Storykeepers.

That's one of the things I loved about Storykeepers. They knew how to pronounce the name Helena properly.
Atarah Derek  3/6/2011
Pretty and elegant name. I love how natural it sounds, especially when a lot of modern names are a bit sickly or artificial.
Hushpuppy  5/14/2011
This is my best friend's name and I think it's beautiful!
It really suits her. She mostly goes by Hele.
Grace_Scarlette  8/11/2011
There is the song "Helena Beat" by Foster The People.
willarose93  8/17/2011
The name Helena is very beautiful. It is very soft, gentle, absolutely beautiful and sweet.
Anna and Helena make two beautiful little sisters. :)
― Anonymous User  12/19/2011
Helena Grace is the daughter of American actress Kelly Rutherford and former husband Daniel Giersch.
― Anonymous User  3/11/2012
My friend is called Helena and hers is pronounced "H'Len-ah".
Which I think is prettier than "He-lee-nah" or "H'Lay-Nah".
I think it's a really neat and elegant name and much more exciting than Helen.
hollie2305  3/23/2012
Helena Andrenyi is one of the characters of Agatha Christie's famous novel "Murder on the Orient Express".
CarolinW  6/17/2012
Helena Cobban is an American writer.
― Anonymous User  7/9/2012
British singer Ellie Goulding's birth name is Helena Jane Goulding.
― Anonymous User  9/19/2012
Ellie goulding's real name is Elena, not Helena.
― Anonymous User  2/3/2013
This is a beautiful name. It's elegant and timeless, not a name that will ever sound out of place or immature.
sunshinechild67  11/4/2012
A friend of mine is a Helena. She pronounces it HEH-luh-nuh. It rhymes with Eleanor. I think this pronunciation is prettier than heh-LEE-nuh and other pronouncations.
― Anonymous User  1/26/2013
Helena is very beautiful, it's sounds so exotic!
Eretria  1/30/2013
I adore the name Helena! It's high on my list and I might name my daughter this one day. I like the Dutch pronunciation hay-LAY-nuh the best. Huh-LEE-nuh is fabulous too. For the first pron. A nice nickname is Lainey or even Hayley, for the second I love Lena (LEE-nuh). For Helen-uh, it would be also Lena but said LEN-uh.
Skylar_Arianna  5/24/2013
This name is beautiful and classic and so unfortunately overlooked. My friend has a little sister named Helena, and its pronounced ha-LAY-nah, like Elena with an H :)
Oohvintage  6/6/2013
Helena from William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream".
avengingangelx3  6/17/2013
The fact that this name has 3 or 4 ambiguous pronunciations drives me crazy! I prefer Helen.
Tiger Lilly  11/2/2013
Pretty name, but something about it doesn't quite click with me.
Hushpuppy  5/5/2014
I adore this name! I named my daughter Helena (prn. H'-LAY-na) Dominique because most baby name books claim that Helena means "light" and Dominique is usually translated as "belonging to, or of, the Lord," so, loosely translated, it means "light of the Lord." The only problem I've really come across is how many people aren't sure how to say it. But the more I say her name, the more I fall in love with it.
Michelle70068  7/6/2014
My name is Helena and I like my name:) I pronounce it hel ee na, or as my younger nieces and nephews pronounce it, heeeena.
Hel ee na  9/17/2014
Helena is the roman/latin spelling of the name of a goddess central to ancient Greek mythodology. She's also referred to as "Helen of Troy". In Greek mythology, she was the most beautiful woman in the world, daughther to Greek god father Zeus.
My sister named her daughter Helena in her love for her and Greek mythology alike.
naturephotofelix  1/8/2015
Gorgeous name, but I only like the "heh-LEN-ah" pronunciation.
Ali Hassan  2/9/2015
My name is Helena and I love my name. We pronounce in Hel-en-a :)
Helena2015  3/27/2015
Neither pronunciation is bad... I think I prefer the "Hel-AY-nuh."
IEnjoyTonsOGoodNames  6/7/2015
This is my name. I changed it from HELEN as Helen is very plain. Helena has a beauty to it. Helena Christensen is one of the most beautiful models...
― Anonymous User  9/2/2015
The name is also used in Iceland. [noted -ed]
jegharenbumsipanden  3/22/2016
Helena is so much nicer than Helen!
Sania01  7/27/2016
The name "Helena" exists also in Galician, pronounced just like the Spanish variant "Elena" (in these two languages, the letter "h" is mute).
Nemours  8/16/2016
Let's see... there is Helena Bonham Carter (great actress), Helena of Sparta - later known as Helena of Troy (ultimately shortened down to Helen of Troy)... Helena Ravenclaw from Harry Potter, and one that I haven't seen anybody post yet.

Helena Wayne, from the Golden Age of DC comics, aka "Huntress". Later became known as Helena Bertinelli, who was a star in the CW's Arrow during Season 1 and Season 2. That's all the Helenas I can think of right now...
MickyTheMouse02  11/13/2016
This was my great-grandmother's name, she was an awesome lady. I never got to meet her, she died about 24 years prior to my birth. I would have loved to meet her and get to know her. She seemed like an incredible lady. I think this name is very pretty, as well.
― Anonymous User  12/22/2016
Helena Seger is the wife of Swedish professional footballer Zlatan Ibrahimović.
lilolaf  2/28/2017
It's really hard to have this name sometimes because everyone pronounces it the way that you don't. I say my name like Huh-Lean-Uh but no matter how many times I tell people the correct pronunciation they always say it like Hay-lay-nuh or Huh-lay-nuh so I'm always saying my name slowly so people can hear it better. As for nicknames I personally don't go by one, but my father calls me Lean or Lena.
― Anonymous User  4/8/2017
My name is Helen. And I also like the name Helena. I pronounce it (hel-en-ah).
LilyPink  4/18/2017
I prefer this name pronounced Huh-lee-nuh.
Tatumarore  6/3/2017
I know a woman with this name (in British Colombia, Canada) and she pronounces it hə-LAY-nə.
― Anonymous User  7/22/2017
There's a movie called "Boxing Helena" that came out in the early 90s, in which a doctor obsessed with a woman named Helena amputates all her limbs and keeps her in his house. It's a weird movie.
erb816  8/29/2017
This is the name of a My Chemical Romance song. I pronounce it like huh-LAY-nuh as apposed to hel-en-nuh. I just think it sounds nicer.
Livisnotonfire  11/17/2017
I really love this name. It is classy and elegant and kind of uncommon. Pronounced Hel-Ay-Nuh. Some middle names I think would be nice are Helena Lee, Helena Anne and Helena Lynn. A nice nickname for Helena is Laney. Not to mention it is the name of a beautiful My Chemical Romance song, after lead singer Gerard Way and bassist Mikey Way's grandmother Elena "Helena" Lee Rush.
XxLil.KirbyxX  11/24/2017
Very pretty. It is much better then Helen and Elena to me, just because it is uncommon. I prefer He-LAY-nuh though. Plus, you can shorten Helena to Lena.
― Anonymous User  3/30/2018

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