|Language of origin||Irish / Germanic|
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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". "Eileen" also means "light." An impopular variant includes Ylienne or Yliyn (both pronounced EYE-lee-an ['ailiən]).
It is reported  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:
This name is not as common as it was 100 plus years ago.
4. Origin of the name Eileen. Retrieved 2009-05-04
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