Helen
Origin/Usage
Greek
Pronunciation
HEL-ən
Meaning
Torch of light
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Helen originates in Greek language and means "torch of light". In Greek mythology, Helen is a famous figure, known as Helen of Troy. She was a daughter of Zeus, described as a beautiful woman. Her abduction by Paris triggered off a series of events which finally ended in the Trojan War. In Christianity, Saint Helena is the one who found the relics of the True Cross upon which Jesus was crucified. Throughout centuries, Helen has been one of the most popular feminine given names.

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Famous Helens

Helen Hunt - actress
Helen Baxendale - actress
Helen Taft - U.S. First Lady in the 20th Century
Helen Armstrong - artist
Helen Benbow - writer
Helen Berman - artist
Helen Brodie - model
Helen Buss - published author
Helen Campbell - published author
Helen Chappell - writer
Helen Craig - writer
Helen Daniel - writer
Helen Demott - artist
Helen Dunmore - writer
Helen Eriksen - jazz artist

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