A variant of Helen and the Russian Yelena, this name means “light” or “torch” and dates back to the 12th century. Today’s little girls may look up to Disney’s latest Latina princess with this name as they watch Elena of Avalor at 6 am on Saturdays.
Ella, Ellie, Lena, Lenie, Leni.
Famous people named Elena:
Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan; fictional Disney princess Elena of Avalor; professional tennis player and Olympic gold medalist Elena Dementieva; actress Elena Satine.
This name is said to be a variation of the Greek name Helene, as in the famous Helen of Troy.