Helen

Helen - A very unique female name



  Dec 15,2019      Abigail Adams, Editorial writer   

Helen, meaning bright, shining light, appeared on the charts for the first time in 1910 on position #2. In this article you'll learn the history of this name, statistics, see famous people named Helen and more.
Are you having a baby or looking to learn more about the name Helen? Our experts and editorial staff have gathered trends and insights for 30,000+ baby names over the last 100 years -- And on this page you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the name Helen. The baby girl name Helen was given to 730 baby girls in 2012, ranking #405 on the national girl baby name top chart.

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With that position 1 in 1,936 baby girls were given this name - making this a very unique female name according to our Popularity Score algorithm. Helen peaked in popularity 109 years ago in 1910 on position 2.



Famous with this name

Helen Mirren
Helen Hunt
Helen Woigk


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Helen is currently topping the charts in...

Did you know that popularity can vary a lot between states? Helen is currently topping the baby name charts in District of Columbia at position #180 - and is the least popular in Oklahoma at position #854.

Why care about state specific baby name charts? It could be that a name that is very popular on the national overall charts is less (or even more) popular where you live. So make sure you check out the state specific charts below and find out how popular or unique Helen is where you live.


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Helen origin and meaning

Helen is a 5 letter name with 2 syllables. This name means bright, shining light. To see famous people named Helen, pop culture references for the name Helen and nicknames & variations - visit Nameberry or Wikipedia.

Similar to Helen

We've found the following names that sound similar to Helen, sorted by popularity.

Helene / Helena / Hellen / Helaine / Hilma / Halima / Helyn / Helon / Helmi / Haylen /

Name statistics


Most parents-to-be know if they want a popular or unique name, and with these charts and data tables you can easily get a better understanding of how popular or unique this name is.

With a quick glance you can easily tell if this name is increasing or declining in popularity - But note that its current popularity can actually differ a lot from state to state.

Chart position per year (visualized)



Chart position per state (visualized)



Chart position per year (table view)


Year Rank
2012405
2011432
2010439
2009388
2008369
2007348
2006352
2005332
2004364
2003391
2002340
2001345
2000346
1999357
1998348
1997347
1996314
1995327
1994320
1993305
1992327
1991342
1990321
1989303
1988324
1987297
1986316
1985301
1984282
1983278
1982278
1981277
1980274
1979279
1978257
1977250
1976249
1975228
1974227
1973225
1972225
1971209
1970191
1969175
1968173
1967158
1966144
1965137
1964132
1963124
1962128
1961119
1960117
1959108
1958100
195795
195690
195578
195472
195365
195263
195154
195050
194946
194840
194738
194636
194531
194431
194328
194226
194124
194018
193916
193813
193712
193611
193510
19349
19338
19328
19316
19304
19294
19284
19274
19264
19254
19243
19233
19223
19213
19203
19192
19182
19172
19162
19152
19142
19132
19122
19112
19102

Chart position per state (table view)


State Rank
District of Columbia180
Rhode Island217
Oregon236
Washington260
New York277
Maryland297
California322
Louisiana323
New Jersey334
Massachusetts337
Virginia351
North Carolina358
Nebraska360
Texas362
Minnesota363
Illinois381
Colorado391
South Carolina394
Alabama432
Georgia445
Missouri452
Indiana530
Florida541
Arizona580
Tennessee581
Kansas583
Nevada597
Arkansas632
Pennsylvania706
Utah712
Wisconsin717
Kentucky784
Ohio808
Michigan818
Oklahoma854

Even more about Helen


These are some of the common questions you may want to have answered to know if this is the perfect name for your baby.

Is Helen a common or unique name?

By analyzing the number of births and frequency of this name we've determined that it's currently a very unique female name.

What is the number of syllables for the name Helen?

2 syllables. Why is this important? One of the things that makes a baby name sound good and have a nice rythm is the number of syllables - and especially the number of syllables along with the syllable count for your last name. A simple rule is to avoid having the same number of syllables in your first, middle and last name.

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#
On chart
1910
Peak year
Female


Popularity Score™

Name Helen
Gender Female
Popularity 1 in 1,936
Letter count 5
Syllable count 2
Year first discovered 1910
2012 births +730

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