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)
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)