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Meaning and name origin

Eileen \e(i)-leen\ as a girl's name is pronounced eye-LEEN. One of two anglicized forms of the Irish Gaelic name spelt Eibhlín (see Eibhlin), Eilín, or Aibhlín (see Aibhlin). The other form is Evelyn or Evlin. Derived from Norman French Aveline, a derivative of Ava which possibly means "bird". Fashion designer Eileen Fisher; actress Eileen Brennan.


Eileen has 28 variant forms: Aileen, Ailene, Aillin, Aleen, Alene, Aline, Ayleen, Eila, Eilah, Eilean, Eileene, Eilena, Eilene, Eilin, Eilleen, Eiley, Eily, Ileana, Ileanna, Ileen, Ileene, Ilene, Iliana, Ilianna, Leana, Lena, Lianna and Lina.

For more information, see also related girl names Eireen, Eleanor and Helen.


Eileen is a very popular first name for females (#205 out of 4276, Top 5%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Eileen for girls. Eileen reached its highest rank of #88 in the U.S. in 1940-1949 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Eileen name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Eileen outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Eileen and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Ava (#5), Evelyn (#16), Eleanor (#78), Lena (#279), Helen (#404), Aileen (#562), Eileen (#711), Lina (#767), Ayleen (#826), Iliana (#830), Leana, Alene, Ileana, Aleen, Aline and Ilene. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Aileen, Aleen, Alene, Aline, Ava, Ayleen, Eileen, Eleanor, Evelyn, Helen in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ileana, Ilene, Iliana, Leana, Lena, Lina in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Aileen, Ava, Eileen, Eleanor, Evelyn outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Helen, Lena, Lina outside U.S.

Similar Names

Eileen is also pronounced similarly to Aileene, Alleen, Eilwen, Eleen, Elen, Elleen, Ellen, Isleen, Oleen, Wileen and Willeen. Other suggested similar baby names are Eleena and Evleen. These names tend to be less commonly used than Eileen.