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Origin & Meaning

The Irish name Eileen is of Greek origin.

The meaning of Eileen is "light".  

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


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 711  in baby name popularity for girls with 391 occurrences.    Less than 5 boys were given the name. 

View the Eileen Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Eileen has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Eileen to other names.


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.


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Eileen is a Irish form of the name Helen, Eibhlin.

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

Other Tidbits

Eileen falls into the song name category.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Eileen Farrell.

Name Fun

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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.

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Irish names usually contain a given, middle and family name.

Given names frequently have their source in the Roman Catholic faith, or are derived from the traditional Gaelic.

Some Gaelic or old Irish names date back to the Celtic origins of Gaelach (Ireland). These names find their basis in ancient pagan religions, myths, legends, and superstitions held by the Gaels.