Hearteye-leen or ay-leen
Irish variation of Helen
"bright, shining light"

Aileen Origin and Meaning

The name Aileen is girl's name of Irish origin meaning "bright, shining light".
Irish Aileen and Scottish Eileen may be pronounced the same way or Aileen can be pronounced with a long a at the beginning. While neither is particularly stylish, Aileen is slightly more popular and has reversed its downward slide to inch upward in the past few years, perhaps thanks to its stylish A beginning. Nicknames for Aileen include Isla, Ayla, Lee and Lena.
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Famous People Named Aileen

  • Aileen Marie QuinnAmerican actress and singer
  • Aileen PringleAmerican silent film actress
  • Aileen Muriel (Riggin) SouleAmerican Olympic swimmer
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  • Aileen Lucia FisherAmerican children's author
  • Aileen LeeAmerican venture capitalist
  • Aileen Blanche Clarke HernandezAmerican activist
  • Aileen Yvonne PalmerAustralian poet and diarist
  • Aileen PlunkettIrish heiress and daughter of Arthur Ernest Guinness
  • (Margaret) Aileen CarrollCanadian politician
  • Aileen Carol WuornosAmerican serial killer
  • Aileen MehleAmerican society columnist
  • Aileen Osborn WebbAmerican craft pioneer
  • Aileen Mary Roberts2nd Countess Roberts

Aileen in Pop Culture

  • Aileen Morgancharacter on TV's 'Homeland'
  • Aileen (McKenzie) FraserJamie Fraser's late mother in the Outlander series