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)
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)