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Elaine



Origin: Old French

Meaning: an Old French form of Helen, a Greek name possibly meaning "torch" or "corposant" from Greek helene or possibly related to selene meaning "moon".

Elaine is a name used for several different characters in the Arthurian legend, including Elaine of Astolat, who falls into an unrequited love with Lancelot and ends up dying because of it (the subject of The Lady of Shalott, a poem by Lord Alfred Tennyson), as well as being the name of the mother of Lancelot, and the mother of Sir Galahad by Lancelot, just to name a few.


Variants:
  • Elayne 
  • Elayna
  • Elaina
  • Alaina
  • Alayne
  • Alaine


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