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Gender: F Meaning of Eileen: "bright, shining one" Origin of Eileen: Irish variation of Helen Eileen's Popularity in 2013: #748

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A bit of a plain-Jane, this Irish name surprisingly gained a bit of momentum in 2013, likely due to the upswing in popularity of old-timey names. Aileen, Ailene, Alene, Aline, Ayleen, Eila, Eilah, Eilean, Eileena, Eileene, Eilena, Eilene, Eiley, Eilie, Eilieh, Eilina, Eiline, Eilleen, Eillen, Eiley, Eily, Eilyn, Eleen, Elene, Ilene Ilianna, Leana, Lena, Lianna, Lina.

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Famous People Named Eileen

Eileen Heckart, American actress
Eileen Atkins, English actress
Eileen Brennan, American actress
Eileen Farrell, American opera singer
Eileen Collins, American astronaut
Eilleen Regina Edwards, birth name of singer/songwriter Shania Twain
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Irish poet

Pop Culture References for the Name Eileen

Come On Eileen (1982), song by Dexys Midnight Runners
Eileen Galvin, character in the video game Silent Hill 4
Eileen, character from the comic Foxtrot (Jason's worst enemy & crush)
Eileen Codlin, character from "Extraordinary" by Adam Selzer
Eileen Prince, mother of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series
Eileen, the mole in Regular Show
Eileen Tanaka, character in novel "Does My Head Look Big in This?"