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Gender: Female Pronunciation: eye-lish Meaning of Eilis: "pledged to God" Origin of Eilis: Irish variation of Elizabeth

The name Eilis is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "pledged to God". Eilis and is often added to lists like Movie Character Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Which would you choose?".

From the experts:

Thanks to the lovely movie Brooklyn based on the Colm Toibin novel of the same name, we now all know that this name rhymes with Irish. But as with many Irish names , that isn't evident from this spelling, at least to English speakers. Popular in medieval times, it is still used in Ireland and maybe make an alternative to the super-popular Isla. Eilish, Eillish and Eibhlis are alternate forms.

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Famous People Named Eilis

Eilis Dillon, Irish novelist
Eilis Ni Dhuibhne, Irish novelist
Eilis O'Hanlon, Irish journalist and writer
Eilis Kirwan, Irish film director

Pop Culture References for the name Eilis

Eilis Lacey, main character in novel/film "Brooklyn"

Elis, Ailish, Eilish, Ailis, Elish


Eoghan Says:


I'm Irish and one of my sister's name is Éilis. Its pronounced A-lish

747JS Says:


I absolutely love this name!

irishdancer428 Says:


Did you know the actual Irish version of Alice is Ailis, pronounced Ay-lish? :)

Marcella Weiß Says:


Heard this name in the movie Brooklyn and fell in love. <3

Lola Says:


Eili is a cute alternative, but I don't think Eili or Eilis age very well. (:

scblovesnames Says:


I like this. I really wish the description was more neutral sounding but thst would be to much to ask it seems. A legitimate alternative for those who love Alice.