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What does Irene mean?

Irene Pronunciation of Irene 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, peace, mythology, goddess, faith (hope), british (england), roman, 19th century, russia


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, Yarina



(female) Irein, ..

(male) Irean, ..

Irene Zhuri (I.Z.), ..

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)

Irene reached its apex position of #17 in the U.S. in the 1910s, and is at #637 presently. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Irene name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Ira (#1483 THE PREVIOUS YEAR), Irina (#1815), Irena, Irine, Rena, Rene and Rina are the prominent varying forms of Irene (#637). Adoption of these forms of Irene reached its highest during 1900-1909 (ADOPTION OF 0.9%) and has become significantly reduced since, with forms such as Rene going out of style.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Irene, Ira, Irena, Irina, Irine in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rena, Rene, Rina in U.S.

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

Similar Names

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 sound-alike names are Adene, Alene, Ardene, Argene, Arlene, Brenne, Corene, Cyrene, Dene, Dorene, Elene, Erlene, Gene, Idone, Ilane, Ileane, Ileene, Ilena, Ilene, Illene, Ilone, Ione, Irelee, Irelene, Irmine, Ivee, Jorene, Karene, Kyrene, Lene, Lorene, Morene, Myrene, Norene, Orlene, Raene, Reene, Sarene, Serene, Shene, Sirene, Trine, Tyrene and Verene. These names tend to be less commonly used than Irene.

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