Elina is the Estonian, Finnish, and Swedish form of Helen, the daughter of Zeus and Leda in Greek mythology. Helen was considered one of the most beautiful women in the world and her kidnapping by Paris led to the Trojan war, which lasted for 10 years, led to the destruction of the city of Troy, and was immortalized in the Iliad and Odyssey.
The origin of Helen is unknown- it’s been linked to Ancient Greek helene meaning “torch”, likely in reference to something that shines or illuminates, so the name would essentially mean “the shining one” or “the bright one”; another possible origin is from Ancient Greek selene “moon”, which would tie it to the idea of illumination and light.
Origin: uncertain though it may be derived from a pre-Greek source
Meaning: uncertain, though it’s been linked to Ancient Greek helene “torch” or selene “moon”, essentially meaning “the shining one” or “the bright one”
Usage: Estonian, Finnish, Swedish, Latvian, Russian, English
- Eliina (Finnish)