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Gender: Female Pronunciation: EYE-leen Meaning of Eileen: "bright, shining one" Origin of Eileen: Scottish variation of Helen Eileen's Popularity in 2017: #688

The name Eileen is a girl's name of Gaelic, Scottish, Scotch-Irish origin meaning "bright, shining one". Eileen is ranked #688 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Hope and discussed in our forums with posts like "Change Two Letters".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Eileen

Eileen Moore, British actress
Eileen Heckart (born Anna Eileen Herbert), American actress
Eileen June Atkins, English actress
(Verla) Eileen (Regina) Brennan, American actress
Eileen Farrell, American opera singer
Eileen Marie Collins, American astronaut
Eilleen Regina Edwards, birth name of singer/songwriter Shania Twain
Eileen Fisher, American clothing designer
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Irish poet
Eileen Myles, American poet
Eileen Chang (born Zhang Ying), Chinese novelist
Eileen Davidson, American actress
Eileen Bennett Whittingstall, British tennis player
Eileen Alannah Joyce, Australian pianist
(Eileen Evelyn) Greer Garson, Anglo-American actress
Eileen Ivers, American fiddler
Eileen "Eile Monty" Montgomery, American voice actor and singer

Pop Culture References for the name Eileen

Eileen Galvin, character in the video game Silent Hill 4
Eileen, character in comic strip "Fox Trot"
Eileen Codlin, character from "Extraordinary" by Adam Selzer
Eileen Prince, mother of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series
Eileen, the mole in animated series "Regular Show"
Eileen Mildred Summers, character in computer game "Kathy Rain"
Eileen, character in the "St Clare" book series by Enid Blyton
Eileen Tanaka, character in "Does My Head Look Big in This?" by Randa Abdel-Fattah
"Come On Eileen," song by Dexy's Midnight Runners
"Eileen," song by The Hush Sound (So Sudden)