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The name Elena is a female given name. It is a variation of Helen, which dates to the 12th century. Elena was among the most popular female names given to girls in Russia in 2004, and third most popular in North Macedonia in 2006. Notable people who have the name include Elena Kagan, a politician in the United States.

Hurricane Elena went across the Gulf Coast of the United States in late August/early September 1985. The name Elena was then retired and replaced by Erika.