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Of Greek origin.

Russian form of the name Helen.

From the Greek name “Ελένη”, Helénē.

In Greek mythology, Helen was the daughter of Zeus and Leda, Queen of Laconia, also known as “Helen of Sparta”.

Other forms of the name are: Eleni, Elena, Shelena, Ella, Helena, Alena, Ellen, Nelle, Elin.

Famous bearer is Yelena Ishinbayeva, Olympic and World champion pole vaulter.