I like this name, although it is a family name (great grandma), so it does feel dated. We are thinking of Eliana which is softer, more elegant sounding.
― Anonymous User  9/26/2020
Pretty and dignified. It doesn't sound dated at all.
someone-  7/14/2020
I love the name Elaine, it's fresh, fun and spunky. Don't hate your name, be proud of it, it is you!
garyrai2  6/29/2020
I agree with Jonquil. It is very common for names to be conflated and confused between languages. The Welsh word Elain specifically refers to a female fawn - and even today a term of the very greatest approbation is to describe a woman as "doe eyed".

It is clear that it is all too easy for some smart a*** to see an apparent similarity with a classical name like some of the variants of Helena and then claim the connection - and it is true that Helen of Troy is renowned as a great beauty. Nevertheless I am sure that the two names have entirely separate meanings and etymology.

It would be very helpful if people would identify the dates associated with early usage. I suspect that the use of the word as a personal name may have been invented by Arthurian bards as a cover name for someone else altogether for whom this would be a well understood allusion.
ACGrant  2/21/2020
My name is Elaine and I HATE it I am 39 years old and have only ever met 3 other Elaines and they were 100 years old (slight exaggeration!) It's an old ladies' name and I can not see any young person wanting to grow up with this name. I have always used a nickname.
Ever  2/10/2020
I was born Elaine. I never felt any like or dislike for the name. I just think it fits me to a T. I am definitely an Elaine - no doubt about it.
laney3  1/14/2020
This is my friend's older sister’s name. I guess it’s fine.
xXEliza_KarinXx  7/29/2019
I think it's a cute name, but it sounds a little old-fashioned, in my opinion. I think nowadays it would be better as a middle name. But it's still a pretty-sounding name for sure.
theknowitall  5/25/2019
The main female in the 2015 movie Sleeping With Other People is named Elaine, although she went by Lainey. Played by a wonderful actress, Alison Brie, her character is very much a wildcard.
pcty  4/27/2019
My name is Elaine and I do not like it. While I do not like overly common names it is not fun growing up not knowing anyone else with your name besides 80 year old ladies. I do agree it is a pretty name but if I were a parent I would choose is as a middle name or add something to it to make it more modern (ex. Elaina or Lainey). Based on other comments I do not think most younger people like this as their name and would prefer something different.
― Anonymous User  4/9/2019
kayisforkeen  10/18/2018
Call me weird, but this name makes me think of girls and women who have learnt to drive as teenagers. Maybe I just think of driving down 'a lane'.
Hushpuppy  10/10/2018
This name is so beautiful - much prettier than “Helen.” I just want to say it over and over again... also an excellent middle name.
― Anonymous User  6/14/2018
My name is Elaine Lesley and my friends like to call me Elainey = E -lie - nee.
― Anonymous User  2/13/2018
This is my mom’s English name, and to me it fits her well. The name is elegant, classic, refined, pretty, and just makes me think of a smart girl. However, I do think that the name is kinda old, so if you are thinking about naming your daughter “Elaine”, you should think about using other forms of it, for example, Eliana. But that’s just my opinion!
XYKLONE  12/5/2017
This is my grandmother's name and it is super pretty!
Livisnotonfire  12/3/2017
I was named Elaine before Seinfeld ever aired so I didn't have to deal with that association. There was an Elaine on Taxi when I was a kid. Other than that, I never met very many other Elaines except older women or people who would tell me that was their grandmother's name. As a kid I didn't think very much about it. It was simply my name. As I got older I wished my mother had swapped my first and middle name to be Catherine Elaine instead of Elaine Catherine. I could have gone by Catherine or Cate, which I find preferable to Elaine. However, I had a Greek aunt whose name was Helen and I was named after her. I also preferred Elaina or Eleni (Greek) to Elaine. I just pretty much just live with it. I don't really hate it but it's not common for sure. I too cannot stand when people pronounce it Ah-Laine. Just sounds dumb. Eh-lain or Ee-laine is the proper pronunciation.
riverclark67  11/21/2017
Love it. Not too common, a pretty sweet name.
Luvbug86  10/7/2016
Very pretty, and I would love to see it used more. I picture an intelligent girl in college who's working hard to get her degree as a doctor or lawyer or something.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/10/2016
My first name is Elaine. I've been playfully teased about the Seinfeld thing, one kid in grade school always reminded me my name rhymed with insane. I hated it as a youth, often going by Laine instead. I can't stand it when it's pronounced ah-laine, it sounds so lazy and dumb. It's taken a while, but it's really grown on me and I'm glad it's my name! Especially when it's pronounced Ēlaine.
OAKsmom  1/27/2016
Wow. Um, my name's Elaine Joy and I've always hated it.
I don't know why, but I strongly dislike it but I want to change that. Although now, liking it feels like swallowing a stone while pretending it's a marshmallow.

But your comments helped a lot! So thank you, really :)
LReads  8/16/2015
Beautiful! I'm ready to see Elaine and Elaina come back!
LV51sfan91  4/5/2015
Reminds me of chicken-rice soup in which all the broth has boiled away and the gummy rice is left sticking to the pan. Not sure why. But I like Laine or Lainey.
― Anonymous User  2/7/2015
― Anonymous User  10/9/2014
I'll admit, the name Elaine is really pretty, kind of short, sweet, and to the point, with plenty of possibilities for nicknames. My middle name is Elainee, and nicknames I've gotten just from my middle name are Elle, Laine, Lainey, and from my first name and middle both, Elle is kind of a common nickname.
― Anonymous User  8/19/2014
Before there was Seinfeld, the popular TV show of the late 70s Taxi had Elaine Nardo as their main female character (played by Marilu Henner). This was my reference growing up in the 80s. I prefer the Ee-laine pronunciation versus Ah-laine, which sounds like a Valley Girl sloppy version.
Elenita45  7/5/2014
This is my friend's middle name, and she hates it. But I've started to like it, the more I think about it. Ellie is a good nickname.
Oohvintage  1/12/2013
Elaine Zayak (born 1965 in Paramus, New Jersey) is an American figure skater.
― Anonymous User  8/5/2012
In my northwestern American dialect/accent Elaine is pronounced ee:-LAYN.
Bazinga  2/6/2012
Elaine is dated, but it's grown on me--I think it's a very pretty name. And it goes well with the other girl names I want to use: Estelle (star) and Celeste (sky) as twins; Clarisse (bright) and Lucille (light)--and then I suppose Elaine, which means "torch."
Bunko0  8/6/2011
Elaine is the first name of Dr. Frederick, the sadistic scientist played by Veronica Lake in her sad swan song, Flesh Feast (1970).
alberto  5/14/2011
This name is simply beautiful!
Chrila96  10/24/2010
My first thought upon hearing this name is always of Elaine from Seinfeld. She was hilarious, but sort of a terrible person (like everyone else on the show.) Considering Seinfeld is constantly in re-runs, if you name your kid this, they will probably never be able to shake the association.
Lornak  5/26/2010
I love the Arthurian resonances that this name has. Elaine is so pretty; I'm really not sure why this name hasn't taken off along with Eleanor, Ella, Ellie, etc. Lately, given its very similar sound. Despite the Seinfeld connection, this name doesn't feel middle ages to me at all, and I can absolutely picture it on a little girl.
― Anonymous User  2/20/2010
I named one of my daughters a variation of this name. Her name is Elaina - pronounced "ee-LAY-nah". Her nickname is "Laina".
Janey2  12/21/2008
I love this name. I think Elaine sounds very medieval because of the King Arthur stories.
― Anonymous User  11/25/2008
Although usually identified as a medieval form of Helen, this name from Arthurian legend (made known in the 19th century through Tennyson's "Idylls of the King") is now widely thought to be identical to the Welsh word for fawn, Elain.
Jonquil  10/29/2008
Pronounced "E-LAYN".
Emilie007  10/5/2008
This is one of my favorite names. ^_^ I think it's very elegant and beautiful.
snickerdoodle  9/12/2008
Elaine is a second name of African-American model Toccara Jones, born 13. March 1981, Dayton, Ohio.
Emilie007  8/16/2008
Elaine is a beautiful and elegant name.

"Elaine the fair, Elaine the lovable/ Elaine the lily maid of Astolat" - that's from the Tennyson poem, Lancelot and Elaine. I'm in two minds about whether the poem is a pro or a con. On the one hand, it's a beautiful poem, and the character Elaine is a sweet, devoted, wilful and loving character. On the other hand, she dies of unrequited love.

There'a also an Abba song called Elaine:

"You hate, you scream, you swear
And still you never reach him
You curse, you try to scare
But you can never teach him
It’s a dead end street
They tie your hands and tie your feet
And the street is narrow
A nowhere lane
A nowhere train for Elaine, Elaine, Elaine"

... and it continues in that vein!
aquamarina  8/7/2008
I don't mind the gender-neutral Lane, but this name has annoyed me for quite some time, can't explain why. I guess it sounds a bit like the name of a snotty girl or woman.
slight night shiver  5/22/2008
I agree with everyone who thinks this name is absolutely fabulous. I once gave a character the name of “Elaine Baines” and never got over how cool [I thought] it sounded.
Random-Monotony  2/14/2008
Elaine de Kooning was an American abstract painter, and wife of the artist Willem de Kooning. Shortly before his assassination, John F. Kennedy sat for her; the portrait now hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D. C.

Elaine Lobl (E. L.) Konigsburg is the author of several classic children's books, including From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
sarescent  10/10/2007
Elaine Harper is the name of a character in the play Arsenic and Old Lace. The movie version stars Carry Grant.
sharonrenee  8/28/2007
Pronounced as "EH-laine".
Karcoolka  5/25/2007
Elaine Risley is the main character in Margaret Atwood's CAT'S EYE.
writing the world  4/1/2007
Well it's my name, ELAINE and it's great! I used to hate it but now i'm proud to have such a name! It's the best name in the world. :D
emg  10/12/2006
I'm sure this is a great name, but I can't get past the Seinfield thing.
chihuahualover168  8/26/2006
Elaine Paige (b. 1951) is a famous English musical actress.
Caprice  6/5/2006
Elaine Robinson is a character from the film "The Graduate."
Milene  6/4/2006
I agree with all that was said of this name. It is my best friend's name, and she hates it! Which I can't believe, it's lovely. She goes by Lainey (still cute), but I'm the only one who gets by with calling her Elaine. Sometimes. ;)
guacamolly85  4/27/2006
*Elaine* is elegant and beautiful. Steeped in legend, this name brings grace and charm to she who bears it. A female of any age and any station could carry it off; I do not agree that this name suits only those with classic good looks.
― Anonymous User  2/6/2006
Elaine is the name of one of the characters on the TV show Seinfeld.
― Anonymous User  12/14/2005
One of my best friends is Elaine, and it does suit her. And yes she is really pretty!
― Anonymous User  11/2/2005
Elaine is probably the most beautiful name ever written and invented. One must have a great physical appearance to wear this name.
DURCANIO  10/31/2005
Elaine is an elegant name. It totally suits almost any woman. It's short and sweet. :-)
catgirl19937  9/8/2005

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