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Quick Facts on Elin

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Dutch, Nordic, Welsh
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 815
Simple meaning:
Ray of light, sunbeam (Helen)

Characteristics of Elin

  • The Master Builder
  • Leader
  • Large Undertakings
  • Confidence
  • Discipline
  • Organization

Etymology & Historical Origin - Elin

Elin is the Dutch and Scandinavian equivalent of Helen, but is also used among the Welsh. The Greek Hēlēnē (‘Ελενη) has debatable etymologies. The name either comes from the Greek “hēlios” which is the word for “sun” to indicate a sunbeam or ray of light specifically. In a similar vein the Greek word “‘ελενη” means “fire torch” referring to the rare appearance of St. Elmo’s Fire (off the mast of a ship). Lastly, the name could simply come from the Greek word for “Greek” (Hellēn, as in Hellenistic culture) but this is not widely held. The first suggested meaning is probably the most accurate especially when you consider the Greek mythological beauty Helen. Helen is a name made most famous by Homer’s “Iliad” (written around the 8th century B.C.); she was the beautiful Spartan queen whose abduction by Paris set in motion the mythological Trojan War. She is known as the woman whose face “launched a thousand ships” and therefore came to symbolize womanly perfection in Western Culture. Incidentally, it wasn’t this classical Greek beauty but rather a 3rd/4th century saint (Helena of Constantinople) who served to popularize and spread the name among early Christians in medieval times. Saint Helena was the beloved mother of Roman Emperor Constantine I (272-337) who had the distinction of being the first Roman Emperor to convert to Christianity (effectively switching the Roman Empire from a pagan one to a Christian one). According to popular legend, Helena is also credited with finding the “True Cross” (relics of the cross on which Christ was crucified) buried at a dig site she orchestrated in Jerusalem (she is thus the patron saint of “new discoveries”). Today, however, most people prefer Helen’s association with the beautiful Greek Queen whose face launched a thousand ships, but she also had the name that practically launched a thousand variations: Helen, Ellen, Eleanor, Elaine (English), Helena (Portuguese), Elena (Italian), Lena, Ella, Elin (Dutch, Scandinavian), Hélène (French), Elena, Iliana (Spanish), Aileen/Eileen (Scottish); Elaine, Elin (Welsh); Aliénor (Provençal). Elin is a Top 20 most favorite girl’s name in Sweden and a Top 25 in the Netherlands. It is also highly common in Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

Popularity of the Name Elin

Elin only first debuted on the American female naming charts in 2010. No coincidence, Elin’s sudden usage as a name in the United States immediately followed the December 2009 high-profile media story surrounding PGA superstar golfer Tiger Woods’ many extramarital affairs. At the center of this media storm was Woods’s beautiful Swedish wife Elin Nordegren who pretty much removed herself and her two children from the melee in the most dignified of manners. Still there was nothing she could do about her name being pasted all over the newspapers and across the airwaves of America. One result? Future American parents apparently found her Scandinavian name rather charming and it came into circulation for the first time ever. Elin only has a couple years under her belt in the U.S. so we’ll have to wait and see if this one is just a pop-culture fleeting fad. It’s certainly a mainstream name among Nordic countries and elsewhere in Europe, but by American standards is slightly exotic.
Popularity of the Girl Name Elin
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Elin

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Elin

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Elin

    Elin We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Elin.

  • Popular Songs on Elin

    Popular Songs on Elin

    Elin - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Elin.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Elin

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Elin

    Elin's Amerika (Marguerite de Angeli) - Award-winning children s author Marguerite de Angeli tells the story of Elin, a young girl who has come to live in the New Sweden Colony. She helps us envision how these many different peoples -- Swedes, Finns, Lenape, Minquas (Susquehannock), Dutch and British related to one another. Elin s search for friendship, love of family, and anticipation of celebrations seem familiar. Her isolation from other children, lack of basic things, and the daily routine of chores may seem quite unfamiliar. New Sweden was established in 1638, under the guidance of Peter Minuit, when Swedish colonists were sent to the New World to claim lands in the area around the Delaware River in southeastern PA and south NJ. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Elin's Island (Cynthia L. Copeland) - Thirteen-year-old Elin can't imagine living anywhere but the island off the coast of Maine where her father is light keeper, until the night in 1941 when she awakes to the sound of German torpedoes while her parents are on the mainland. Recommended for ages 10-14.

  • Famous People Named Elin

    Famous People Named Elin

    Famous People Named Elin - Elin Nordegren (Swedish model and former wife of Tiger Woods); Elin (11th century Queen consort of Sweden, wife of King Inge the Elder); Elin i Horsnäs (purported early 17th century Swedish witch executed for sorcery); Elin Holmlöv (Swedish hockey player); Elin Jones (Welsh politician); Elin Kallio (Finnish gymnast); Elin Lanto (Swedish singer); Elin Wägner (Swedish writer/feminist)

  • Children of Famous People Named Elin

    Children of Famous People Named Elin

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Elin - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Elin.

  • Historic Figures

    Elin - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Elin - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Elin.

Personality of the Girl Name Elin

The Master Number Twenty-Two combines the traits of Twos and Fours into a powerful force. The references to The Master Builder and "large undertakings" serve to underscore the massive potential of this personality. They are extremely capable and therefore almost always successful. Twenty-Twos are courageous leaders, innovative thinkers, extremely wise and highly organized. As such, they are able to manifest something of major importance that will have a lasting impact on this world. Master Numbers carry with them a great sense of responsibility, so it can be a burden. However, Twenty-Twos are executors and action-takers. Further, this personality exhibits traits of the Twos, which brings sensitivity, spirituality and harmony, so their endeavors are likely to benefit mankind in some capacity.

Variations of the Baby Name - Elin

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