a feminine name: dim. Nell, Nellie, Nelly; var. Eleanor, Ellen, Helena; equiv. Fr. Elaine, Hélène, It. & Sp. Elena
Origin of Helenfrom French or L: French Hélène from Classical Latin Helena from Classical Greek Helen?, literally , torch
The daughter of Zeus and Leda and wife of Menelaus, considered to be the most beautiful woman in the world. Her abduction by Paris caused the Trojan War.
Origin of HelenGreek Helenē ; see wel-2 in Indo-European roots.