Origin of hellene
- Greek Hellēn
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Ancient Greek Ἕλλην (Hellēn, “Greek”), most probably a derivation of Ἑλλοί or Σελλοί, the Greek inhabitants of the area around the sanctuary of Dodona (Δωδώνη), itself of pre-Greek origin.. In Greek mythology Ἕλλην (Hellēn), whom the Ἕλληνες (Hellēnes, “Greeks”) were named after, was the son of Δευκαλίων (Deukaliōn) and Πύῤῥα (Purrha).