Origin of the name HELEN.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name HELEN.
From Greek Helene
signifying "light." (History of
Christian Names, Yonge, 1884). Some render the name "a lamp," or "a
torch." Still others have derived it from
infin. of αιρεω, "to take away." (Prænomina,
Charnock, 1882). Usage: America, Canada, England, Ireland,
Helen, in myth the wife
of Menelaos and Paris, has been considered by a number of scholars as
originally a divinity of light, being identified now with the moon, now
with the red of dawn, and now with the phenomenon of a single orb of St.
Elmo's fire. This last was held to be fraught with evil, while the
appearance of the twin globes, represented by Helen's brothers, the
Dioskouroi, was regarded as favourable. Some scholars believe that
the Dioskouroi were at first daemons of the morning and evening
twilight. (Greek and Roman Mythology, Fox, 1916)