Scottish variation of Evelyn
"desired; or water, island"

Eileen Origin and Meaning

The name Eileen is girl's name of Gaelic, Scottish origin meaning "desired; or water, island".
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, which is technically a form of to Evelyn/Aveline, but is also sometimes considered part of the Helen family of names. It was quite popular in the early part of the twentieth century.
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Famous People Named Eileen

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  • Eileen FarrellAmerican opera singer
  • Eileen Marie CollinsAmerican astronaut
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  • Eileen FisherAmerican clothing designer
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  • Eileen "Eile Monty" MontgomeryAmerican voice actor and singer

Eileen in Pop Culture

  • Eileen Galvincharacter in the video game Silent Hill 4
  • Eileencharacter in comic strip "Fox Trot"
  • Eileen Codlincharacter from "Extraordinary" by Adam Selzer
  • Eileen Princemother of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series
  • Eileenthe mole in animated series "Regular Show"
  • Eileen Mildred Summerscharacter in computer game "Kathy Rain"
  • Eileencharacter in the "St Clare" book series by Enid Blyton
  • Eileen Tanakacharacter 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)