Helen: baby girl name meaning and popularity

Helen

A Greek name that means “torch” or “shining light,” this name is famous thanks to Helen of Troy, whose capture by Paris sparked the Trojan War. We’re sure your little Helen won’t start any big battles, unless you try to make her eat broccoli.

Nicknames:

Nell, Nellie, Elle, Ellie, Ella, Lena, Leni.

Famous people named Helen:

New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark; Helen Herron Taft, former first lady and wife of William Taft; Helen Keller, American deaf-blind author, activist, and lecturer; actresses Helen Hunt and Dame Helen Mirren.

Fun facts:

This is an old classic that was hugely popular in the early 1900s, if you’re looking for something vintage.

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