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Eileen Meaning


What does Eileen mean?

The name Eileen is of Irish origin.

The meaning of Eileen is "light".

It is also of Gaelic and Irish origin, where its meaning is "multiple, see Aveline".

Eileen is generally used as a girl's name.

It consists of 6 letters and 2 syllables and is pronounced Ei-leen.

The Given Name Eileen

Eileen has two derivations. One as an Irish form of the Greek name Helen. The other as an anglicized form of the Gaelic name Eibhlin or Aibhilin, which in turn is derived from the Norman French name Aveline.

Eileen falls into the song name category.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Eileen Atkins, Eileen Davidson, and Eileen Heckart.

Eileen Popularity

In the U.S. in 2018, it ranked 671 in baby name popularity for girls with 436 occurrences. Less than 5 boys were given the name.

In contrast, the year before it ranked 690 in baby name popularity for girls with 421 occurrences. Less than 5 boys were given the name.

The trend's your friend. See how Eileen has changed in popularity since 1880 by visiting the Eileen Name Popularity Page.

Eileen Related Names

Eileen is a form of Helen, Eibhlin.

Variants of the name Eileen include Aileen, Aileene, Ailene, Ailey, Ailia, Ailie, Alene, Eileena, Eileene, Eilena, Elleen, Ilean, Ileana, Ileanna, Ileen, Ilena, Ilene, Ilenna.

Famous Eileens

  • Eileen Atkins ~ Actress
  • Eileen Davidson ~ Actress
  • Eileen Heckart ~ Actress

Eileen Numerology

What will your new littleEileen be like?

It may all be in the numbers.

The numbers that make up your child's name.

Numerology may give you some insight.

Children named Eileen are often exemplary and confident but most of all they are read more >>

Eileen Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Eileen in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Eileen.

Just for fun, see the name Eileen in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Eileen in Nautical Flags page.