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Eileen
Gender Female
Meaning desired (possibly)
Language of origin Irish / Germanic
Popularity Popular names page

Eileen (pronounced eye-LEEN [ai'li:n] or EYE-leen) ['aili:n] is a girl's first name. It is the Anglicised version of Irish Eibhlín, which is in turn a form of the older Irish Gaelic Aibhilín or Eilín (Anglicised as Aveline). Aveline is probably derived from Ava, which is of Germanic origin but whose meaning is uncertain, though it possibly means "desired".[1][2] "Eileen" also means "light."[citation needed] An impopular variant includes Ylienne or Yliyn (both pronounced EYE-lee-an ['ailiən]).

It is reported [3] that the name Eileen has been one of the 1,000 most popular girl's names in the United States in every decade since 1880.

Besides being a first name, Eileen may refer to:

Contents

Music

People

Eileen Pattinson

Fictional characters

  • Eileen Shallot

This name is not as common as it was 100 plus years ago.

See also

References

  4. Origin of the name Eileen. Retrieved 2009-05-04

Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

English

Etymology

Anglicized form of Irish Eibhlín, Eilín or Aibhilín, all cognates of Evelyn. Sometimes also used for the Irish name Éibhleann, possibly from óiph "radiance, beauty".

Proper noun

Singular
Eileen

Plural
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Eileen

  1. A female given name.







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