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Gender: Female Pronunciation: eye-LEEN Meaning of Aileen: "bright, shining light" Origin of Aileen: Irish variation of Helen Aileen's Popularity in 2017: #646

The name Aileen is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "bright, shining light". Aileen is ranked #646 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like International Variations of Helen and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

From the experts:

Irish Aileen continues to be more popular than Scottish Eileen, both have gotten more popular in recent years. Nicknames for Aileen include Isla, Lee and Lina.

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Famous People Named Aileen

Aileen Marie Quinn, American actress and singer
Aileen Pringle, American silent film actress
Aileen Riggin Soule, American Olympic swimmer
Aileen Tan, Singaporean actress
Aileen Plunkett, Irish heiress and daughter of Arthur Ernest Guinness
(Margaret) Aileen Carroll, Canadian politician
Aileen Wuornos, American serial killer

Pop Culture References for the name Aileen

Aileen Morgan, character in the show 'Homeland'
Aileen Fraser née McKenzie, Jamie Fraser's late mother in the Outlander series

Aileen's International Variations

Aili (Finnish) Ailinn (Portuguese)