Gender: Female Pronunciation: EYE-leen Meaning of Eileen: "bright, shining one" Origin of Eileen: Scottish variation of Helen Eileen's Popularity in 2019: #697

Eileen Origin and Meaning

The name Eileen is a girl's name of Gaelic, Scottish, Scotch-Irish origin meaning "bright, shining one".

Irish Aileen continues to be more popular than Scottish Eileen, though both names have seen an unexpected resurgence since 2012. Nicknames for Eileen include Isla, Lee and Lina. Eileen is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Eibhlin or Aibhilin. It was quite popular in the early part of the twentieth century.

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Rank in US: #697

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BrianneCB Says:


She wouldn’t be teased, almost everyone has some sort of pop culture reference to their name, I think it’s a great name :) just don’t name your kid kulture and they won’t be teased

Daiseymae Says:


I think is a very pretty name.

paulapuddephatt Says:


This is such a beautiful name. The song, like the name, is a classic. People don't avoid names because of songs, or shouldn't, if the songs are awesome. Rhiannon, Kayleigh, Rosanna, etc...😃

schreiner2 Says:


that song is the reason I'm having trouble finding a name. I love Eileen but all my husband thinks is the song and its meaning..... hes afraid she'll be teased but no one remembers that song when I mention it.

EvaThyssen Says:


I really like this name. -een-ending midcentury names (Kathleen, Colleen) are favourites of mine.

dearvenus Says:


This is actually a beautiful name.

eileen Says:


As an Eileen I'm offended. Nameberry should give the meaning of the name and leave the commentary out. Eileen is a Classic Irish name that will never be outdated.

scblovesnames Says:


This is quite pretty.

ThistleThorn Says:


Come on Eileen!

I don't care if people think that this is outdated, it will never be to me.

PoppyOrangey Says:


All I think of is "I lean"...

Catastroffy Says:


Beautiful. A favourite of mine.

DearestJules Says:


The "Come On Eileen" song really solidified this name as a favorite for me.

jojobabyberry Says:


Come on Eileen :b
I love this name. Don't know why it would be classified as ''plain''.

amajo319 Says:


Eileen is not an outdated's a classic that will never go out of style