Eleni is a very common female Greek Name, popular both in Greece and Cyprus.
The name Eleni has a long and interesting history, as it dates back to the antiquity.
Eleni in Ancient Greece was a synonym of the “shining” and “glorious” woman. Perhaps this happened because Helen of Troy, the most famous Eleni in Ancient Greece, was described by Homer as an amazingly beautiful and glorious woman.
Sound of name Eleni: E-le’-ni
Nameday of Eleni: May 21st – along with Kostas, Konstantinos
Male Version of Name Eleni: N/A
Saint Helena – Origin of Name Eleni
Although the name Eleni comes from the ancient years, the Christians tend to associate names with their Saints.
Saint Eleni, or Helena as she is mostly known in English, was the mother of Konstantine the Great, the Emperor of Byzantine Empire.
Her full name was Flavia Iulia Helena Augusta, and she was consort of Emperor Constantius, although coming from a very poor family.
During the reign of her son, Eleni was living in obscurity, although her influence to Konstantine was immense. Eleni was Christian and she was the main responsible for the pro-Christian decisions of her son, who was a pagan.
She died in 330AD and her sarcophagus is believed to be on display at the Pio Clementine Museum of the Vatican. She was famous for her piety, thus she was proclaimed a Saint by the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches.
The memory Agia Eleni (Saint Eleni) is honored on May 21st, which is the nameday of Eleni and Konstantinos (her son).
Nicknames deriving from name Eleni
Eleni is, as well said a very common name, therefore there are several nicknames deriving from this name: Leni, Elli, Lena, Lenio, Lenaki, Elenaki, Elenitsa, Nitsa, Lina, Eleana, Lengo, Lenitsa.
The Names’ Fairy reveals the meaning of the name Eleni
The name Eleni reflects a strong and imposing woman, with strong personality and character. Eleni is a woman that always tries to look beautiful and attractive.