What does Erin mean?
Erin \e-rin\ 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.
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.
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. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Erin for girls. Erin was first listed in 1950-1959 and reached its apex rank of #28 in the U.S. during 1980-1989, and is at #325 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of Erin and associated names. Prominent related forms of Erin (#325 the previous year) listed in the Top 1000 are Taryn (#853 the previous year) and Eryn. Adoption of these girl names reached its highest in the year 1995 (usage of 0.5613%) and is now much less (usage 0.274%, down 51.2%), with the version Taryn becoming less stylish. Erin (#325) is the most chic baby name in this list. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Erin is alike in pronunciation to Eiren, Eirian, Erene, Euron, Iren and Irine. Other recommended similar baby names are Edin, Elin, Erena, Eris, Erma▼, Ermin, Erna▼ and Erwina. These names tend to be less frequently used than Erin.