Origin of the name HELENAS.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name HELENAS.
HELENAS (Ἑλένας). From
word coined by
Æschylus, meaning "the ship-destroying." Probably
not ever used as a given name. (History of Christian Names,
P. 29, CHORUS. The name HELENA.]—There was a controversy in Aeschylus' day whether language,
including names, was a matter of Convention or of Nature. Was it
mere accident, and could you change the name of anything at will? Or
was language a thing rooted in nature and fixed by God from of old?
Aeschylus adopts the latter view: Why was this being called
Helena? If one had understood God's purpose one would have seen it
was because she really was "Helenâs"—Ship-destroyer.
(The Herald's story of the shipwreck has suggested this particular
idea.) Similarly, if a hero was called Aias, and came to great
sorrow, one could see that he was so called from 'Aiai,'
"Alas!"—The antistrophe seems to find a meaning in the name
Paris or Alexandros, where the etymology is not so clear. (The Agamemnon
of Aeschylus, Murray, 1887)