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What does Irene mean?

Irene /ire-ne/ as a girls' name is pronounced eye-REEN, eye-REE-nee. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Irene is "peace".

Mythology: Greek goddess of peace. Saint Irene (fourth century) was one of the three sisters martyred for their faith in Macedonia. The three-syllable pronunciation is mostly British. Common during the Roman Empire, but first used in English-speaking countries in the mid-19th century. Irina is popular in Russia. Actresses Irene Dunne, Irene Worth.

Associated with: greek, peace, mythology, goddess, faith (hope), british (england), roman, 19th century, russia


Irene has 28 variants: Aireen, Airina, Arina, Eireen, Eiren, Eirena, Eirene, Erena, Erene, Ira, Irayna, Ireen, Iren, Irena, Irenea, Irenee, Irenka, Iriana, Irina, Irine, Iryna, Orina, Oryna, Rena, Rene, Renie, Rina and Yarina.

Affiliated girl name: Nitsa.

Irene has 1 masculine form: Irenio.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Irein, Ireina, ..

(male) Irean, Irein, ..

How popular is Irene?

Irene is a very prominent first name for women (#76 out of 4276, Top 2%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#51809 out of 150436, Top 34%). (2000 U.S. Census)


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

Presented below is the birth name statistics of Irene for girls. Irene reached its apex position of #17 in the U.S. in the 1910s, and is at #668 presently. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

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

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

Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of Irene and corresponding names. Ira (#1913 the previous year), Rina, Rene, Irine, Irena and Rena are the prominent varying forms of Irene (#668 the previous year). Usage of these forms of Irene reached its highest during 1910-1919 (adoption of 1.1%) and has become significantly reduced since, with forms such as Rena going out of style.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Irene, Ira, Irena, Irine, Rena in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rene, Rina in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Irene and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names


Irene is pronounced similarly to Aerenne, Aren, Arene, Ariane, Arin, Arinne, Arwen, Aryane, Aryn, Aurene, Erienne, Erin, Erinn, Erinne, Eryn, Erynn, Orane and Oriane. Other recommended names are Adene, Alene, Ardene, Argene, Arlene, Brenne, Corene, Cyrene, Dene, Dorene, Elene, Erlene, Gene, Idone, Ilane, Ileane, Ileene, Ilena, Ilene, Illene, Ilone, Ione, Irelee, Irelene, Irmine, Ivee, Jorene, Karene, Kyrene, Lene, Lorene, Morene, Myrene, Norene, Orlene, Raene, Reene, Sarene, Serene, Shene, Sirene, Trine, Tyrene and Verene. These names tend to be less commonly used than Irene.