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What does Eileen mean?

Eileen /ei-leen/ as a girls' 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.

Associated with: bird


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

Affiliated girl names: Aylin, Eireen, Helen and Eleanor.

Eileen has 7 more different relations via Aibhlin, Ava, Aveline, Eibhlin, Evelyn, Evlin: Evaleen, Eveleen, Evilyn, Evleen, Evlin, Evlyn and Evlynn.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Eileenna, Erleen, ..

(male) Eileenas, Eileenea, ..

How popular is Eileen?

Eileen is a very popular first name for females (#205 out of 4276, Top 5%) but a rare last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the birth name history of Eileen for girls. Eileen reached its peak rank of #89 in the U.S. during the years 1940-1949, and is currently at #711. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Eileen name in U.S.

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

Shown below is a comparison of the statistics of the girl name Eileen and affiliated names. Aileen (#562 via latest list), Ailene, Aleen, Alene, Aline, Ava (#5), Ayleen (#826), Aylin (#369), Eileene, Eilene, Eleanor (#78), Evelyn (#16), Evlyn, Helen (#404), Ileana, Ileen, Ilene, Iliana (#830), Leana, Lena (#279), Lianna (#1396) and Lina (#767) are the popular related forms of Eileen (#711 via latest list). Other forms, like Evilyn, are uncommon. These relations of Eileen were favored during the years 1920-1929 (median #1028) and have become much less popular since (#1227, 71% less usage), with versions like Eileen becoming less stylish. The more fashionable baby names in this compilation are Aileen, Ava, Ayleen, Aylin and Iliana.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Eileen, Aileen, Ailene, Aleen, Alene in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Aline, Ava, Ayleen, Aylin, Eileene in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Eilene, Eleanor, Evelyn, Evlyn, Helen in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ileana, Ileen, Ilene, Iliana, Leana in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lena, Lianna, Lina in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ava, Eleanor, Evelyn, Lena, Lina outside U.S.

Similar Names


Eileen is pronounced similarly to Aileene, Ailyn, Alleen, Eilwen, Elaene, Elan, Eleen, Elen, Elene, Elian, Elin, Elleen, Ellen, Ellene, Ellin, Ellon, Ellyn, Elon, Elyn, Elynn, Ilean, Oleen, Olwen, Wileen and Willeen. Other recommended names are Ailee, Aireen, Arleen, Bilee, Caileen, Caleen, Coleen, Earleen, Eilona, Eiren, Eirwen, Eleana, Eleena, Elena, Eleni, Ellee, Ellena, Emaleen, Emilee, Heleen, Jilleen, Jineen, Joleen, Juleen, Kaileen, Kaleen, Kilee, Kyleen, Mileena, Myleen, Rilee, Silken and Taleen. These names tend to be less commonly used than Eileen.