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.
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: Ioirene, Irein, Ireneio. [more]
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)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Irene for girls. Irene reached its apex position of #17 in the U.S. in the 1910s, and is at #668 presently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
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 forms of Irene reached its highest during 1880-1889 (adoption of 0.46%) and is somewhat less today (adoption 0.07%, ▼86%), with the forms Irene, Ira, Rene and Rena becoming less in vogue. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
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 similar baby names are Alene▼, Ardene, Argene, Arlene▼, Brenne, Corene▼, Dene, Elene, Erlene, Gene▼, Ileane, Ilena, Ilene▼, Irmine, Karene, Kyrene, Lene, Morene, Myrene, Norene▼, Orlene, Reene, Sarene, Sirene and Verene. These names tend to be less commonly used than Irene.