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Meaning and Name Origin

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 a slightly less prominent surname for both adults and children (#51229 out of 88799, Top 58%). (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. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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 the girl name Irene and corresponding names. Prominent varying forms of Irene (#668 the previous year) rated in the Top 1000 are Rene, Rena, Ira and Irena. Usage of these girl names reached its highest during 1880-1889 and has become significantly lower since, with the forms Irene, Rene, Rena and Ira becoming less in vogue. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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.