Elaine Name Meaning & Origin

Elaine

Pronunciation: eh-LAYN (key)

Origin of the name Elaine:

Variant form of Helen (light). The name was borne in Arthurian legend by a woman of Astolat who loved Sir Lancelot.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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My name is Elaine and I was born in 1954.. My Mum said I was named after the actress who was in an advert for Lux soap.. I have always liked my name.. I worked with an Elaine and we were called Big Elaine and Little Elaine .. Me being the little Elaine... I play golf and there are 3 of us Elaines one hailing from Australia .. I live in North Wales.. In work they call me Lainey.

My name is Elaine, and as a kid hated the name. You have no clue how badly a girl could want a cute and popular name, but I saw my name as an old ladys name. I met my husband, and he immediately said that I didnt look like an Elaine because it sounded too serious. Since that day, to people that have been introduced by my husband, or has heard my name he gave me, have all called me Lainey. So at work, I am Elaine, and around friends I am Lainey. I am becoming to be used to the name, finally. It only took half a century. It is actually kind of cool now to be the ONLY Elaine in our area, and also at the huge company that I work at. I can say.... it is fairly unique now, hardly anyone names their child Elaine anymore. My mother cannot remember why I was named it, so I have no history behind it.

I am an Elaine born in 1953 and I love my name. I think the name sounds like a perfect name for someone in the creative arts, and very feminine. Since I am a Christian songwriter and vocalist it works for me. Some people in urban areas ask me where Jerry and George are, referring of course to classic Seinfeld, when I tell them my name is Elaine. And as Jerry would say, there's nothing wrong with that!

I am an Elaine born in 1975 and I love my name. Although pretty much everyone I meet has a grandmother with my name, or it's their middle name, it makes it unique for my age group, but not too strange. I do get called Ellen and Eileen quite often, and respond to anything that starts with an "E." I do like being called Lainey by my husband and close friends, and think it's a great nickname. My middle name is Catherine. My brother's name is Robert.

I think of the Seinfeld character.

My Mother's name is Elaine and she, myself, and my sister all love the name. I've never meet anyone else with the name. My Grandmother had four girls and they all have names that aren't really unusual, but that you never really hear. If I have a girl her middle name will defiantly be Elaine.

I was given the middle name Elaine by my mom because it was hers as well. It is pretty, but seems a bit cookie cutter to me. I got stuck with another cookie cutter name for my first name as well: Jennifer. I would've chosen something different like Arlene or Rosalind personally, but birthnames are like relatives you don't have a choice.

My two year old daughter's name is Elaine, and we call her Lainey. She is named after her grandmother. I love that when she's older she will be able to choose what she wants to be called, if she wants to keep it cute with Lainey or more professional with Elaine or Laine.

When I was younger I used to have the nickname of Lanie. When I was about 12 or so I realized that that is not my name and insisted that everyone call me Elaine. I and other Elaines I've spoken to, prefer the pronunciation E (as in eek) laine. I will correct anyone who says uh-laine. I will answer to Ellen or Helen, but never Eileen. Eileen sounds like an old lady name to me. I've always felt that my name is pretty, I'm so glad that it's not cute. I do have to spell it sometimes, though, because these days people like to change the traditional spelling to make the name more unique, but all they do is make the spelling confusing for others.

I'm Elaine born 1997, I was named after my aunt's middle name. Growing up was okay, everyone who asked what my name was always said it suited me, blue eyed and very fair skin, or they would say it was very different they hadn't met an Elaine before. I've been called so many other names - Emma, Emily, Eileen, Ellen, Ella and i will answer to anything beginning with E.

Personal experiences with the name Elaine: | Edit

Born in 1978, I had no classmates with the name Elaine--in fact, there were none in my entire school system! I enjoyed never having to go by Elaine 'initial' unlike Jennifers and Sarahs in my classes. I knew several Elaines in my parents' generation, which made it feel like a bit out-of-date when I was a teenager, but overall I really like the uniqueness and I hardly ever have to spell it (which was great when I had a very unusual maiden name). I never had a nickname that stuck, although one friend would sometimes call me 'Lainey' and one boyfriend called me 'MissElaineous'. The name is often pronounced with either a long or short E, which bothered me when I was little but I stopped correcting people a long time ago when they used the short E. That's just a matter of preference, however. Overall, I think it's a beautiful name and I am very fond of it.

My little sister is named Elaine. She absolutely loves her name, and thinks it's beautiful. She loves that people can spell it, even if they can't pronounce it. She was named for an inspiring person to me, because I got to choose her name. Her twin is Frederick.

I'm an Elaine born in 1980, and I've never liked my name. It's a family name and always sounded like an old lady to me. At the same time, my family calls me Lainie, which always sounded childish. As a kid, I could never find a key chain with my name on it (that's not fun when you're 8). I also get called Irene, Eileen, Emily, and Melanie on a regular basis. Be warned.

My mother's name is Elaine. I like the name a lot, but it might just be because I like my mother so much. When she was in high school and college, she went by Eli--which I think is fun and unique for an Elaine.

Nicknames for Elaine: | Edit

Laine, Lainie, Lainey, Ellie, Elle, Eli, Nell, Nellie, Misselaineous
Lainee

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Famous real-life people named Elaine: | Edit

Elaine Hendrix, American actress
Elaine May, American director/actress
Elaine Paige, English musical theatre singer/actress
Elaine Yiu, Hong Kong actress
Elaine Ingham, American microbiologist
Elaine Hamilton-O'Neal, American painter
Elaine Ko, writer and producer

Elaine in song, story & screen: | Edit

Elaine Benes, a main character from American hit sitcom Seinfeld
"Elaine", a song by the Swedish pop-group ABBA
"Blue Eyed Elaine," a song performed by Ernest Tubb
"Miss Elaine", a song performed by RUN-DMC, known for their songs "It's Tricky" and "Walk This Way"
Elaine Archeron from the book series A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
Elaine is a character in the webtoon UnOrdinary

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