Origin:Greek
Popularity:846
Meaning:sun ray or shining light
Helen is the kind of name that’s serious, simple and true—it’s a name you can count on. It’ll never be considered fussy or pretentious. In Greek mythology, it was the name of Zeus’ daughter, whose kidnapping started the Trojan War. In real life, Helen has had her ups and downs in the popularity polls, but these days, it’s coming out of an unfashionable funk, as old-timey names are back in favor. Actor Robert De Niro named his daughter Helen in 2011, and actress Julianne Moore used it for her daughter Liv’s middle name in 2002.

Famous Helens

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  • Helen Keller
    Author
  • Helen Wills Moody
    Tennis Player

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Source: Social Security Administration

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