Elena Name Meaning & Origin

Elena

Pronunciation: eh-LAY-nə (key)

Origin of the name Elena:

A cognate of the Greek Helenē (light, torch, bright).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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In Germany the name can be pronounced in 3 different ways: always eh l eh n ah, but with no stress or a stress on the first eh or on the second. In my name eg is no syllaby stressed.

^Nope sorry. In every single word there must be a stresses syllable.

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Elena LOVES A GOOD DEBATE. she's very defensive but she's smart. Elena loves dressup parties and she looks like harry potter

Nicknames for Elena

Leni, Lanie, Lena, Ellie, Elle, Ella, Len, El

Meanings and history of the name Elena

Spanish spelling of the Greek Helene (made most famous by Helen of Troy). Means "light" or "light bearer" and carries overtones of "shining" and associations with beauty.

Famous real-life people named Elena

Elena Anaya, actress
Elena Furiase, Spanish actress
Elena Garro, Mexican writer
Elena "Ellie" Goulding, English singer-songwriter
Elena Kagan, U.S Supreme Court Justice
Elena Paparizou, Greek singer/ international star
Elena Poniatowska, journalist
Elena Serova, Russian cosmonaut
Elena Souliotis, famous opera singer
Elena Tonra, English singer in the band Daughter

Elena in song, story & screen

Elena Mendola, female love interest in the Italian movie Cinema Paradiso
Elena de la Vega (played by Catherine Zeta-Jones), female love interest in the movie The Mask of Zorro
Elena Michaels, the female werewolf in Kelley Armstong's Women of the Otherworld book series
Elena Gilbert, the female main character in the book and TV series The Vampire Diaries
Elena Delgado, an FBI agent on Without A Trace and wife of Danny Taylor.
Elena Fisher is a main character (journalist/treasure hunter) in the "Uncharted" video game series.
Elena of Avalor, a disney character and tv show.

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