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This is also a form of Helen.
wiswina  12/3/2005
"Come on Eileen" was a big hit for the group Dexy's Midnight Runners in the 80's.
― Anonymous User  12/16/2005
Eileen Regina Edwards is the birthname of multimillionaire singer, Shania Twain. When her mother married Jerry Twain her name was changed to Eileen Twain and she later adopted her stage name, Shania.
― Anonymous User  1/2/2006
Eileen Snape is Severus Snape's mother in JK Rowling's 6 novel Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince.
Jeana Bradbury  5/19/2006
This is my name, and I like that there aren't very many girls with this name who are my age (seventeen). It's nice to hear someone call your name in a crowded hallway and know that s/he means you. Two things that girls with this name will hear, though, are the song "Come on Eileen" (I've had it played for me on a marimba) and lame jokes about "I lean" that usually involve only having one leg.
― Anonymous User  6/20/2006
Eileen is pronounced ei-leen. Aileen is pronounced ay-leen.
xKatiex  10/28/2006
There is a novelist named Eileen Dreyer.
― Anonymous User  11/28/2006
This is my aunt's name, Eileen Rose. I also just realized a few weeks ago that Eileen backwards is "Neelie", a name that (in a baby names book I have) is listed as being Irish/feminine in origin, and meaning "Victorious".
Pheadirean  2/2/2007
Eileen is my mother's name and I think it is pretty. I read one of the posts above and was glad to see there is a 17 year old named Eileen. I don't have children but if I did and had a daughter she would have been named Eileen. Not only is it a pretty name, my mother is an angel on earth to everyone she meets. That makes the name even more special to me.
luckyneko1  10/1/2007
This is my grandmother's name, and I love it! I wish it was more popular as it's so sweet and angelic. I would definitely consider it for future children (I already have 2) either as a main name (which I doubt my husband would allow) or as a middle name.
― Anonymous User  10/5/2007
My Grandmother, who was from the Republic of Ireland's names were Catherine Eileen Veronica, and she used Eileen to refer to herself, my aunt is also called Eileen Anne, I'm to used to this name for older women, so I woldn't name a girl this, as it hasn't youthful connotations for me.
Mtbridge  12/5/2007
A famous bearer was American stage, film, & television actress Eileen Heckart (March 29, 1919 - December 31, 2001). In film, she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film 'Butterflies Are Free' (1972). She also appeared in the film's original stage version on Broadway in 1969. She received a Lifetime Achievement Tony Award in 2000, and also won an Emmy Award for a guest appearance on the comedy television series 'Love and War' in 1994.
AndrewJKD  4/12/2008
This one sounds like an old-fashioned country girl name to me, and it brings to mind that one hit wonder tune titled Come On Eileen as well. I don't flat out hate the song, but I don't want it to get stuck in my head either.
slight night shiver  4/22/2008
This name seems ok, but not very childlike. It always makes me think of old ladies and middle aged women.
Hushpuppy  10/24/2008
This is my paternal great-grandmother's name, and it's good to know there are those of the younger generations with this name.
ICEyun  12/2/2008
Why not name your little girl this name? It's beautiful and not used as much as other names you hear, traditional and made-up. I'd consider this name in a heartbeat. It makes me think of a girl who is tall, has brown hair and hazel eyes, soft-spoken, elegant and very smart.
_0TophasNails_1  12/22/2008
Eileen Power (1889-1940) was a well-known English historian, specialising in the medieval period. Her books are still widely read. She was a professor at the London School of Economics, the second woman appointed to a chair there (Lilian Knowles was the first).
Jonquil  1/5/2009
In all honesty I think this is quite a nice name, and I love the song Come On Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners. Lively, fun and historical-sounding name. Lovely. :)
walesgal92  7/9/2009
Eileen Farrell great American classical singer.
― Anonymous User  3/9/2010
Eileen is my mom's name and it totally fits in with her 7 siblings' names. I think my grandma and grandpa chose wonderful Irish names. I would consider this for a middle name for future daughters.
JaciGia  8/4/2011
In Ireland it's pronounced IE-leen, with the stress on the first syllable. [noted -ed]
― Anonymous User  8/1/2012
This is a pretty name, Lena is a good nickname :)
Oohvintage  1/28/2013
Dame Eileen Atkins is a British actress who attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and had a very successful stage career, in addition to being in film and television. Examples of her work include Cranford, Doc Martin, Cold Mountain, Bertie and Elizabeth, and Upstairs Downstairs.
Catalina-lirio  3/8/2013
My 9 month old daughter is named Eileen after my grandmother. I think it is an elegant name, and one she will grow into. Her nickname is Ellie, which is also a family name.
― Anonymous User  2/28/2014
Eileen is a character in Regular Show.
― Anonymous User  5/7/2014
I'm 25 and this is my name. I love it so much. My mom asked me once when I was little if I'd ever change it and I said no way. I've only met maybe two other Eileen's in my life who were around my age. I like that I don't have a name everyone else has. My dad liked the Dexy's Midnight Riders song and my mother's grandmother was named Helen so it was sort of an homage to her as well, which I also love because I've had my great grandmother in my life until a few years ago.

I do dislike when people say it wrong. I don't feel that it is that complicated as it is pretty phonetic and most people have heard the song and should know it from that. If they don't mispronounce my name, they totally go for some other "E" name. I usually get Ellen or Elaine.

I'm a teacher so I'm exposed to a lot of children's names and I've seen several already who had "Eileen" as a middle name. One of my 2nd graders who had Eileen as a middle name said she would definitely name her daughter Eileen, if she ever has one, because I mean so much to her. Cute.

Eileen means "light" and I like to think that I live up to my name as I'm a pretty happy person and very laid back. I like to make people happy. I also connect to it on a spiritual level. Christians may like the meaning and consider their child to be bringing "light" to others.
swallow1989  8/22/2014
No, Eileen is NOT gaelic for the Greek "Helen".
Think about it! The Greek language is not that old!
Eilean is the Scots gaelic for a small island. Many Scots name their children after their islands: Skye, Iona, Isla(y), Ailsa.
elliemae  8/28/2014
My Gaelic-speaking uncle from Mull pronounced my name between EYE-len and AY-len, which perhaps explains the spelling Aileen. North Americans put the stress on the second syllable for some reason.
("eilean" means a small island as in Eilean Donan).
elliemae  8/28/2014
Eileen Joyce was a famous 1930-1940 pianist.
elliemae  8/28/2014
I love this name! It's actually my name, but I like it so much! In my opinion, it's really nice and unique because it's not common like other names. My family pronounces my name as Ey- leen instead of Eye-leen but I'm okay with that. The nickname I like best is Ellie or Leen because it seems close to my name. I hope some people like it instead of judging it, and I don't think it's more for old people. I'm 14 and some people think it's a good name for all ages, including me :)
― Anonymous User  11/25/2014
Comeback please! Love it! Shania Twain's real name is Eileen Regina Twain. Could call her Ellie.
LV51sfan91  4/30/2015
Not a big favorite, but a nice name... I prefer "eye-leen," but I do have a dear family friend who pronounces it "ay-leen," so either one is good.
IEnjoyTonsOGoodNames  5/12/2015
My grandma spells it Eilene, which is very uncommon! Love her spelling :)
firestar11  8/10/2015
My name is Eileen I was named after my nan who died when I was only 9. I didn't like my name when I was a child because I was the only pupil named Eileen at school and this was in the late 60 and middle 70's. However, looking back I should have appreciated no one else was named my name. Over the years I have loved my name and hope my daughters will name their girl after me if they have girls, I have two grandsons at present but my girls are not keen on Eileen so I don't have much hope.
Elly59  10/3/2015
Eileen name meaning is bright. I think it's a pretty name.
― Anonymous User  10/11/2015
My names Eileen and I'm 23. I love my name because it's not common and I think it sounds nice. It's good to be different. I do get played the song Come on Eileen when out sometimes but it's actually quite funny :) lol I don't mind having a little dance to it.
Eileen 92  10/11/2015
My name's Eileen & I am 18 years old! I've never met anyone my age with my name and that's why I love it so much! I get called Ellie as a nickname :)
Eileenbrisocoe  10/31/2015
This name sounds very country/redneck to me. Does not sound classy at all.
― Anonymous User  12/8/2015
I think that Eileen is one of the most beautiful names in the world. When I hear the name "Eileen" I only think of a woman who is beautiful inside and out, some girl who wants to bring light into the world. I used this name for a character in one of my books. I can say that "Eileen" represents all the good things in this world.
― Anonymous User  1/21/2016
It is my name and I love it. I don't really like "Come on Eileen" though. I'm 12 years old and the only one my age I know with the name. It is Irish, but some Chinese use that name too. I like having a uncommon name.
Eileen1209864  3/6/2016
It has Lee, in it the male spelling of Leigh/Lee. Its pronounced Eye-Leen, Mispronunciations include Ey-leen, Ey-laine, and Elle-Leen.
Eileen1209864  3/29/2016
My mom wanted something mature and that suits people of all ages. She also does not like nicknames. Yet there are some that are annoying: Leeny of course. I prefer Eileen. It was mature and timeless and not too common. She had a common name and didn't feel unique. Eileen, however, is very unique. It could be shortened to Ellie, which sounds much younger. It could be spelled other ways: Eileene, Eilene, Aileen, etc.
My dad's middle name was Lee, too, so that played a part as well. It is a wonderful name.
Eileen1209864  5/2/2016
Even though I don't normally care for Irish names, I do like Eileen. I also love the song Come On Eileen, which is an added bonus!
Buneary  5/4/2016
Other spellings are Eilene, Eilleen, Eileene, Ilene, Eileyn, etc.
― Anonymous User  5/9/2016
The Romanian name "Ileana" (ILEANA) also seems to be related to the name Eileen; all the related names appear to be feminine variations of the extremely-old Greek name Hellen or "the mythological progenitor of the Hellenes (Ἕλληνες), the son of Deucalion (or sometimes Zeus) and Pyrrha, brother of Amphictyon and father of..."; the KEY elements in names are the consonants, while the vowels vary according to various cultures!
D. Lucian I.  9/2/2016
It's nice, but it reminds me of the poem by Michael Rosen. "My name is Eileen Ogle, and I run a dancing school. My name is Eileen Ogle, and my sister is a fool..."
mememan28  4/30/2017
The name Eileen was given to 389 girls born in the US in 2016.
More than 99.9 percent of people with the first name Eileen are female.
― Anonymous User  6/7/2017
I absolutely love having the name Eileen! I am 17 and have grown up getting compliments from everyone about how pretty the name is and I agree. It is so fun to have a unique name, although I have heard "Come On Eileen" probably over 300 times in my life so far... but I like the song anyway:) I hope to give a daughter my name too, I think it is very special and pretty, and love that it is Irish-ish. Also, in the current time period, having a unique name is very helpful when making social media usernames lol.
eileenbergman  6/11/2017
Eileen Mary Theresa Daly is an English actress, presenter, director, film producer, writer, singer-songwriter and former adult model. She is also a contemporary scream queen, having starred in numerous cult horror films and fronts her own band Eileen and Ben.
lilolaf  7/17/2017

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