Helena, the Latin version of Helen is a name fit for a goddess (or baby). In Greek mythology, Helen was the daughter of Zeus by Leda and the most beautiful woman in the world. By abducting “the face that launched a thousand ships, “Paris began the Trojan War. The name was also a favorite of the William Shakespeare who used it two of his most well-known works, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and All’s Well That Ends Well. If you find the classic Helen a bit “blah,” then the more delicate and feminine Helena may be the way to go.


  • english:
  • greek: Light; bright, shining one
  • swedish:


Alternative Spellings

Syllables: 3

International Variations

Famous Namesakes:

Model Helena Christensen, Actress Helena Bonham Carter, Princess Helena of the United Kingdom, Cosmetics entrepreneur Helena Rubinstein, Author Helen Keller

Celebrity Babies:

Daughter of Kelly Rutherford