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What does Erin mean?

Erin Pronunciation of Erin [erin] as a girls' name (also used less widely as boys' name Erin) is pronounced AIR-en. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Erin is "Ireland". From Éirinn and Éire. Poetic name for the island used in songs and poems. The root word is very old, having been used as the name of the island since the first century BC.

Associated with: irish, old.


Erin has 25 variants: Aeran, Aerenne, Aerin, Aerynne, Airin, Aren, Arin, Arinne, Aryn, Eire, Eireann, Eirin, Eirinn, Eiryn, Eirynn, Erienne, Erina, Erinn, Erinna, Erinne, Eryn, Erynn, Kerin, Taryn and Terin.

Creative forms:
(female) Eria, Ernia, ..

(male) Ered, Erein, ..

Middle name pairings:
Erin Allie (E.A.), ..

How popular is Erin?

Erin is a very prominent first name for females (#160 out of 4276, Top 4%) and a slightly less prominent surname for all people (#76946 out of 150436, Top 51%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Erin reached its apex rank of #28 in the U.S. in the 1980s, and is at #337 presently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent related forms of Erin (#337 the previous year) listed in the Top 2000 are Taryn (#1062 the previous year), Eryn (#1709), Erinn, Arin and Aryn. Usage of these relations of Erin was common among parents 35 years ago (adoption of 0.86%) and is now much diminished (adoption 0.07%, 92.2% less), with versions like Taryn becoming somewhat outmoded.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Erin, Arin, Aryn, Erinn, Eryn, Taryn in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Erin is alike in pronunciation to Aeron, Arene, Ariane, Arwen, Arwyn, Auron, Eireen, Eiren, Eirene, Eirian, Eirwen, Erene, Euron, Eurwen, Eurwyn, Ireen, Iren, Irene, Irine, Orane and Oriane. Other recommended names are Adin, Ardin, Corin, Eadin, Eden, Edi, Edie, Edin, Edina, Edlin, Edris, Edyn, Egina, Einin, Eir, Elan, Elen, Eli, Elian, Elin, Elis, Eliz, Elyn, Eman, Enid, Erena, Erga, Erica, Erika, Eriko, Eris, Eriss, Erla, Erlina, Erma, Ermin (see Ermine), Ermina, Ermine, Erna, Ervina, Erwina, Erys, Evan, Evia, Evlin, Evon, Jin, Karin, Korin, Marin, Min, Quin, Tarin and Zin. These names tend to be less frequently used than Erin.