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Origin of the name ELAINE.
Etymology of the name ELAINE.
Meaning of the baby name ELAINE.


ELAINE.  A form of Greek Helene (q.v.), meaning "light," from the root ele, found in other Greek names.  In Arthurian legend, the name of the mother of Lancelot.  Usage: America, Australia, England, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Scotland, Wales.
    Elaine Paige, an English actress and singer.  Elaine Bawson Stritch, an American actress and singer.  Elaine Feeney, an Irish poet.  Elaine Constance Smith, a Scottish actress and comedian.  Elaine Morgan, a Welsh author and writer for television.  Elaine de Francias, Comtesse de Montmorency (d. 1625), was the illegitimate daughter of Henry II of France. (Wiki)

    The name springs from the Greek root eleSeleucus whence Selene (the moon) and Helios (the sun), both mean the shiner or giver of light.  In England, Ireland and Scotland, the name under one or another of its numerous forms has been popular for centuries.  Helena, Helen, Elaine, Eleanore, Eleanor, Ellen, Elinor, Lena, Nelly, Nellie, Nell, Lenora, Leonora, Annora or Anora, are only some of the English versions of the name; whilst in Ireland they have the pretty form of Eileen and Aileen; in Scotland the most popular is Ellen.  The Spaniard has remained faithful to Helena, the French have Heléna and Hélène, the Germans Helene, and the Italians Elena, Eleonora and Leonora. (Girls' Christian Names, Swan, 1905)


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