Gender: Female Meaning of Erin: "from the island to the west" Origin of Erin: Irish Erin's Popularity in 2019: #484

Erin Origin and Meaning

The name Erin is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "from the island to the west".

First-wave Irish name and place name—the poetic name for Ireland—now supplanted by newer alternatives such as Maeve and Delaney.

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Rank in US: #484

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Pop Culture References for the name Erin

Erinna, Earrin, Aeran, Erina, Erene, Eire, Eri, Aerin, Eirynn, Erine, Eirinn, Eirin, Erinn, Erinetta, Ereni, Eran,

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4erbear Says:


My name is Erin and I live in the Mid-Atlantic South. The name is very popular here, yet 9 out of 10 times (I am not exaggerating!) I get asked how to spell it or "is it A-A-R...?" In the South, they believe Erin and Aaron are the same name and say it the same. My family is from the North and they pronounce the two names differently.

peachysugarbuns Says:


This is my younger sister's name. She is compassionate and sensitive; stalwart and resilient. I love her to pieces. Is there a "bad" Erin out there? I've met many (in the States, at least) and have absolutely enjoyed every one! 10/10, would recommend. :)

Finn Says:


As a kid I used to use this as my favourite redheaded barbie's name whenever I played village with my friends and sisters. Since then, the charm has worn off, but I can still see the appeal. I love the meaning and reference to Ireland.

Ejluehrs Says:


My name is Erin and I like it! I was always told it meant "island of peace" referring to Ireland... The only weird thing is my mum is from New Zealand, but I grew up in America. My mum used to get annoyed when people would pronounce my name and Aaron the same because in New Zealand they are pronounced differently. Now that I'm in New Zealand I have to pronounce my name more like "ear-in" instead of the "air-en" that I used to pronounce it or people think I have the boy name Aaron. haha

aaashark12 Says:


My best friend as a kid was called Erin and I think the name is so pretty reminds me of kind people

4PerfectNames Says:


In 2014, Erin was the 31st most common female name given in Scotland, the 24th most common in Northern Ireland the 40th most common female name given in Wales and England. So although Maeve and Delaney are more popular in the US as Erin has been "supplanted by newer alternatives", in it's country of origin (which is actually Great Britain), it outranks Maeve and Delaney by a landslide.

MCMOM26 Says:


The name Erin is actually derived from the Gaelic name EIREANN, which means "Western Isle" referring to Ireland.



I named my daughter Erin which I was told once meant, "Peaceful Ruler."

elenhaf Says:


My best friend is called Erin and we call her Eirin, which means 'plum' in welsh

BabyNameCrazy95 Says:


I love Erin I know a few Erin's and their lovely people so it give's of a good vibe I'm using Ashlyn for my baby due August but might consider Erin for number 2 x

TheClockworkPrincess Says:


This is my name, and over time I have learned to love it. When I was younger I thought it was too short, too popular etc. But now that I have looked at it and realized how beautiful it really is I love it. My favorite thing about it is that it means Ireland. :)