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What does Eileen mean?

Eileen \e(i)-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.


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.

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

Eileen has 34 more different forms via Aibhlin, Ava, Aveline, Eibhlin, Evelyn, Evlin: Aibhilin, Aibhlin, Avah, Avalee, Avelina, Aveline, Avelyn, Avis, Avlynn, Effie, Eibhilin, Evaleen, Evalin, Evalina, Evaline, Evalyn, Evalynn, Eve, Eveleen, Evelene, Evelin, Evelina, Eveline, Evelyne, Evelynn, Evelynne, Evie, Evilyn, Evleen, Evlin, Evline, Evlyn, Evlynn and Ewelina.


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. Census)

Presented below is the birth name popularity of Eileen for girls. Eileen reached its peak rank of #88 in the U.S. during the years 1940-1949, and is currently at #711. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 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 popularity of the girl name Eileen and affiliated names. Aileen (#562 a year ago), Aleen, Alene, Aline, Ava (#5), Avah (#708), Avis, Ayleen (#826), Effie, Eleanor (#78), Evaline, Evalyn (#834), Eve (#460), Evelin, Evelina, Eveline, Evelyn (#16), Evelyne, Evelynn (#434), Evie (#501), Helen (#404), Ileana, Ilene, Iliana (#830), Leana, Lena (#279) and Lina (#767) are the popular related forms of Eileen (#711 a year ago). These girl names reached the top of their popularity during the years 1910-1919 (usage of 0.3953%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.2709%, down 31.5%), with versions like Alene, Effie, Evelin, Evelyne and Helen becoming somewhat outmoded. The more fashionable baby names in this compilation are Avah (#708), Eleanor (#78), Evelynn (#434), Evie (#501) and Lena (#279), and there is a rekindling in baby name popularity for Eleanor, Evie and Lena. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Aileen, Aleen, Alene, Aline, Ava, Avah, Avis, Ayleen, Effie, Eileen in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Eleanor, Evaline, Evalyn, Eve, Evelin, Evelina, Eveline, Evelyn, Evelyne, Evelynn in U.S.

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ava, Eleanor, Eve, Evelina, Evelyn outside U.S.

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

Similar Names

Eileen is pronounced similarly to Aileene, Alleen, Eilwen, Eleen, Elen, Elleen, Ellen, Isleen, Oleen, Wileen and Willeen. Another recommended similar baby name is Eleena. These names tend to be less commonly used than Eileen.