Irena
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It's used in Bulgaria too. It's like in Serbian: Èðåíà.
-- vintersorg  2/17/2006
Dutch pronunciation is ee-RAY-nah.
-- X-Mar  2/18/2006
Irena Adler is the chief antagonist in the Sherlock Holmes story "Scandal in Bohemia".
-- Smog  3/16/2006
"Irena" is a the goddess of anger in ancient Greek mythology. The name is commonly used in Bulgaria as well. Some describe it as a cognate of Irina (also of Greek origin - meaning "peace").
-- julia_says  11/27/2006
Czech name day for Irena is April 16.
-- Anonymous User  8/13/2007
Irena is a Russian name as well.
-- FairyGirl  9/20/2007
Czech and Slovak pronunciation is "ee-RE-nah" (short -ee-).
-- Maggie_Simpson  10/15/2007
Irena Sendler - Polish head of Zegota children's department in the 1940s: saved 2,500 Jewish children from the Nazis.
-- ElizainEngland  12/25/2007
Famous bearers:
Indian singer Irena Horváthová
Czech writer Irena Fuchsová
Czech writer Irena Charvátová
Macedonian painter Irena Cakirpaloglu
Czech writer/director Irena Pavlásková
Czech singer Irena Budweiser
-- Maggie_Simpson  3/19/2008
Irena was the name of the cat woman in the 1942 film Cat People, played by Simone Simon. She reappears in the sequel, the misleadingly titled Curse of the Cat People, as a benevolent ghost who helps a child, the daughter of her husband by another woman.
-- Kosta  10/2/2009
A very pretty, mature name. A very good friend of mine is called Irena, and she is kind, funny and polite. She is from Latvia.
-- SunnyHoney  6/23/2010
Polish diminutive - Renia.
-- feralmonkey  9/12/2014
Irena Sendleorwa was a Polish heroine who smuggled 2500 Jewish children to safety during WWII. She was arrested and tortured, but only gave false information she had come up with beforehand with her collaborators.
-- Dray  3/27/2015

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