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Meaning and name origin

Irene \i-re-ne\ as a girl's 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 variant forms: 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.

There is 1 masculine form of Irene: Irenio.


Irene is a very popular first name for females (#76 out of 4276, Top 2%) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#51229 out of 88799, Top 58%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Irene for girls (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Irene name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Irene and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Irene (#668), Rene, Rena, Irena and Ira. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Similar Names

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