(f) The Greek name Helen, ‘the bright one,’ was
formerly Helaine in French, though the H was not pro-
nounced. This gave rise to Elaine, first mentioned by Sir
Thomas Mallory in his History of Prince Arthur (1470).
Tennyson (1809-92) was later to call one of his Idylls
Elaine. In Scotland Elaine suddenly began to be used
with great intensity around 1950. The indications are that it
replaced Ellen, which fell from grace with equal sudden ness around
that time. Scottish parents still continue to use Elaine.
To Scottish Christian Names