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What does Irene mean?

Irene \i-re-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.


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.

For more information, see also the related girl name Nitsa.

Irene has 1 masculine form: Irenio.


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)

Presented below is the birth name popularity of Irene for girls. Irene reached its apex position of #17 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, and is at #668 presently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 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. Rene, Rena, Ira and Irena are the prominent varying forms of Irene (#668 the previous year). Usage of these girl names reached its highest during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.4628%) and has become significantly lower since (usage 0.0664%, down 85.7%), with the forms Irene, Ira, Rene and Rena becoming less in vogue. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ira, Irena, Irene, Rena, Rene in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Irene is pronounced similarly to Aren, Arene, Aurene and Orane. Another recommended similar baby name is Ilene. These names tend to be less commonly used than Irene.