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Gender Feminine
Pronounced Pron. i-LAYN(English)
ee-LAYN(English)
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Meaning & History

From an Old French form of HELEN. It appears in Arthurian legend; in Thomas Malory's 15th-century compilation Le Morte d'Arthur Elaine was the daughter of Pelleas, the lover of Lancelot, and the mother of Galahad. It was not commonly used as an English given name until after the appearance of Tennyson's Arthurian epic Idylls of the King (1859).

Related Names

VariantElaina(English)
DiminutivesLainey, Laney(English)
Other Languages & CulturesShelena(African American) Helena, Helene(Ancient Greek) Alena(Belarusian) Elena(Bulgarian) Helena(Catalan) Helena, Jelena, Ela(Croatian) Helena, Alena, Helenka, Lenka(Czech) Elin, Helen, Helena, Helene, Eli, Eline, Ella, Elna, Lena, Lene(Danish) Heleen, Helena, Eline, Heleentje(Dutch) Elina, Helena, Jelena, Leena(Estonian) Eliina, Elina, Helena, Ella, Elli, Heleena, Heli, Leena, Nelli(Finnish) Hélène, Léna(French) Elene(Georgian) Elena, Helena, Helene, Alena, Lena, Lene, Leni(German) Elena, Eleni, Lena(Greek) Helen, Helena, Helene(Greek Mythology) Heléna, Léna(Hungarian) Helena(Icelandic) Léan(Irish) Elena, Ileana(Italian) Elīna, Helēna, Jeļena, Elēna, Ina, Līna(Latvian) Elena, Jelena(Lithuanian) Elena(Macedonian) Elin, Helen, Helena, Helene, Eli, Eline, Ella, Elna, Lena, Lene(Norwegian) Helena, Helenka, Lena(Polish) Helena, Lena(Portuguese) Elena, Ileana, Ilinca, Lenuța(Romanian) Elena, Yelena, Alyona, Lena, Nelli(Russian) Elene(Sardinian) Jelena(Serbian) Elena, Helena, Alena, Lenka(Slovak) Helena, Jelena, Alena, Alenka, Ela(Slovene) Helena(Sorbian) Elena, Ileana(Spanish) Elin, Elina, Helen, Helena, Helene, Ella, Elna, Lena, Nellie, Nelly(Swedish) Olena(Ukrainian) Elen, Elin(Welsh)

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