Helene Name Meaning & Origin

Helene

Pronunciation: heh-LEEN (key)

Origin of the name Helene:

Greek name derived from the root ēlē (light, torch, bright). The name is borne in Greek legend by the beautiful wife of the king of Sparta. Her abduction by the Trojan prince Paris sparked off the Trojan War.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Elena, Helena

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Nicknames for Helene

Lena, Lene, Lenchen (German diminutive), Len (Russian diminutive), Laney, Lenie

Meanings and history of the name Helene

From Greek, variation of Helen, meaning "light". It is the standard French and German form of the name, spelled Hélène in French.

In English, it may be pronouced either "huh-LEEN" or "heh-LAINE". In German, it is pronounced "heh-LAY-neh". In French, it is pronounced "eh-LEN".

Famous real-life people named Helene

Hélène Cixous, French feminist
Helene Langevin, French physicist
Helene Deutsch, German-American physicist
Helene Madsion, American swimmer
Helene Weigel, German actress and wife of Bertolt Brecht
Helene "Leni" Klum, daughter of supermodel Heidi Klum and race driver Flavio Briatore - they pronounce it the German way, "he-LAY-neh" instead of "huh-leen", so Leni is pronounced "laney".

Helene in song, story & screen

"Die fromme Helene" (Wilhelm Busch, German author 1832-1908), Helen of Troy

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