Eleni Name Meaning & Origin

Eleni

Pronunciation: eh-LAY-nee (key)

Origin of the name Eleni:

A pet form of the Greek Ellena, an elaboration of the English Ellen, a variant of Helen, which is a cognate of the Greek Helenē (light, torch, bright).

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BNW says it's pronounced eh-LAY-nee, but the traditional Greek pronounciation is eh-LEH-nee. This is one of the most, if not THE most, popular female name in Greece. To pronounce, say the letters: L, N, and E, together.

Eleni and Ilene are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.

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Nicknames for Eleni: | Edit

Ellie, Elle,El, Layni, Len, Leni, Lena, Elen, Elenitsa, Elenaki

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Variant of Helen

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Eleni of Ethiopia, Empress of Ethiopia in the 15th and 16th centuries
Eleni Andriola, a Greek gymnast
Eleni Andros Cooper, a fictional character on the soap opera Guiding Light
Eleni Bakopanos, a Greek-born Canadian politician
Eleni Bakopoulos, Greek-Canadian cook/author
Eleni Cubitt, a Greek-born British film maker
Eleni Daniilidou, a Greek tennis player
Eleni Karaindrou, a Greek composer
Eleni Konsolaki, a Greek archaeologist
Eleni Mandell, an American singer and songwriter
Eleni Mavrou, the mayor of Nicosia, Cyprus
Eleni Menegaki, a Greek talk show presenter
Eleni Oikonomopulou, a Greek artist
Eleni Ourani, a Greek writer
Eleni Papadaki, a Greek stage actress
Eleni Papadopulos-Eleopulos, a Greek-born Australian medical researcher
Eleni Patsiou, a Greek judoka
Eleni Tzoka, a Polish singer of Greek origin
Eleni Zafeiriou, a Greek film actress

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Eleni (book), a book by Nicholas Gage
Eleni (film), a 1985 movie by Peter Yates

Songs:
Eleni-Anna Vissi
Anoixe Lenio tin porta (Lenio open the door, Greek: Άνοιξε Λενιώ την πόρτα), traditional
Eleni by Thanos Mikroutsikos and Babis Tsikliropoulos, originally sung by Haris Alexiou
Fevgo, Lenio (Lenio, I'm leaving, Greek: Φεύγω, Λενιώ) by Spyros Peristeris and Minos Matsas
I Eleni i zontochira (Divorcee Eleni, Greek: Η Ελένη η ζωντοχήρα) by Iovan Tsaous, originally sung by Antonis Kalyvopoulos
I Lenio i koutsobola (Nosy Lenio, Greek: Η Λενιώ η κουτσομπόλα) by Michalis Genitsaris
Nitsa-Elenitsa (Greek: Νίτσα-Ελενίτσα) by Giorgos Mitsakis, originally sung by Stelios Kazantzidis
To tango tis Elenis (Eleni's tango, Greek: Το τανγκό της Ελένης) by Antonis Vardis and Vasilis Papakonstantinou

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