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Just a few basic: Feminine nouns and names ending in ee are written with "η" (Like is the Ελενη case, η αδελφη - the sister, η αγαπη - The love). Neuter endings are written with "ι". (το αγόρι - the boy, το κορίτσι - the girl, το σπιτι - the house). [Bear in mind that greek genders are formal] But basically, is a matter of spelling. Legend says that in ancient greeks spaelling was associated with pronunciation that is η was pronounced ee (long) and i was pronounced e (short) but in modern greek all FIVE of them (η, ι, υ, and the diphogs οι, ει) sound the same.
The etymology of Ελένη is unknown, some say from Σέλινος/ moon. It is an ancient name. The Greeks did not consider H a real sound only a blowing for which they had no letter but a funny sign like an apostroph. In short when we take such a word to another language we write this sign from the wind as H: Helen, Helene, Helena, Hélène ... also Lena I think all come from Ελένη
Eleini is a female name.
Variants: Hélène, Elen, Ellen, Elene, Elena, Helena, Hellen , Elin, Elina, Helena, Helene Elin, Helena, Helene, Ella, Elle, Ellie, Elly, Lena, Nell, Nelle, Nellie, Nelly Shelena, Elaine, Jelena, Jalena Jela, Jelka, Alena, Alenka, Lenka, Heleen, Heleentje, Leena, Eliina, Heli, Lena, Lene, Leni , Eleni (Greek), Heléna, Léan, Ileana , Elīna, Helēna, Ileana, Ilinca, Lenuța, Yelena, Alyona, Olena, Lesya
Εleni is the second most popular female name in Greece. Maybe from Homer's Helen of Troy/ η Ωραία Ελένη, the most beautiful woman in the world which became the cause of a 10 year long war. Maybe from Saint Helena/ Αγία Ελένη (250-330) the mother of Constantine the Great. She went to Jerusalem where she found a lot of relics. She also made her son convert to Christianity and thereby the Byzantine and Roman world became Christian.
- Γεώργιος (a Saint), 2. Μαρία (Jesus' mother), 3. Δημήτρης (a Saint) , 4. Ελένη,... a ranking list from http://www.greeknamedays.gr/populargreeknames.php
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