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Ie-REE-nee? Never heard of that pronunciation. That one sounds a lil weird. I would stick to ie-REEN.
nylonpanda  12/23/2019
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I really like the Dutch pronunciation, but the others just don't do anything for me.
Gregory Woodrow  11/21/2019
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I really like it! It’s probably my favorite feminine name now. It sounds like a girl who is confident and perseverant.
Whippppppppp  8/28/2019
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Irene of Athens was a Byzantine Roman empress. She is also venerated as a saint in the Greek Orthodox Church.
wh0sbad  8/7/2019
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Nice name if you use it with the correct pronunciation.
Antonio_Meza  7/31/2019
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Most names have what is called a Canon pronunciation like this one is in fact "EYE-REEN" but there are some who are given family preferred pronunciations like "eaR-ayNay". Like mine is "Stephen" which is canon as "STEV-en" however there are commoners that pronounce it as the spelling as pronunciation "STeF-ən".
KinChauchMan  7/19/2019
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Irene from Red Velvet reinvented the name and brought peace upon the 2 Koreas, a goddess of peace indeed.. Even the president of North Korea is her fan.
― Anonymous User  6/9/2019
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American actress and songwriter Irene Molloy.
― Anonymous User  5/16/2019
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I am Greek and my name is Eirini. It's a very popular name and common for little girls. Also the meaning is peace not peaceful.
― Anonymous User  4/24/2019
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I prefer this name to most mythological ones - there's nothing wrong with naming your daughter Athena or Persephone, but I think Irene is an even nicer alternative, alluding to its Greek origins while remaining familiar. In my opinion, the pronunciation "eye-REEN" is better than "eye-REE-nee".
― Anonymous User  3/23/2019
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I'm an Irene, don't like it too much in English but love it in Spanish. They call me Renie (Ree-nee) for short.
Renie  2/4/2019
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Irene (birth name Bae Joo-Hyun) is the oldest member and leader of the popular South Korean girl group Red Velvet.
jazzycritique  1/28/2019
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"Goodnight Irene" is a song written and sung by the American folk and blues singer Lead Belly.
Sostiver  12/15/2018
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I don't like the long "i" sound of the name Irene as pronounced in America: Eye-REEN. This name sounds better in almost every other language, with the short "i" (as in sit) of i-RAIN-uh, or the long "e" (as in she) of Ee-RAIN-ah. I even prefer the English pronunciation "Eye-REEN-EE", as the final jaunty syllable mitigates the harshness. Otherwise "Irene" sounds like just another one of those low-budget, Mid-Century American names ending in "ene", such as Eileen or Jolene.
Sostiver  12/15/2018
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Irene Forsyte--pronounced Eye-REEN-ee--is the name of a character in John Galsworthy's *The Forsyte Saga*.
Sostiver  12/15/2018
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I think it's pretty in other languages, such as Spanish, but I think it sounds harsh in English.
― Anonymous User  10/23/2018
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In 2018, 84 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Irene who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 300th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/8/2018
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Pretty.
Curious me  10/3/2018
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So old fashioned.
kayisforkeen  8/18/2018
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Irene was my great grandmother's middle name, so I have to respect the name because of the association with her. I think it sounds very great, especially with a meaning like peaceful, though I prefer it as a middle name.
sunflower18  5/14/2018
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Irene Gut-Opdyke was a Holocaust survivor who saved several Jews from the Nazis. She was named Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2018
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Irene is a classical, feminine name.
It reminds me of Renoir's beautiful 1880 portrait titled, "Little Irene." My niece is named Jasmyn Irene and she is gorgeous, smart and very loving. This name stands the test of time.
Graceful1  2/8/2018
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It’s kind of harsh sounding. It’s not very nice.
ItsDeleceNotDallas  12/14/2017
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Irene Curie Joliet was Marie Curie's and Pierre Curie's daughter, who was also a scientist. Both of her children were also scientists.
― Anonymous User  11/20/2017
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South Korean singer Bae Joo-Hyun of girl group Red Velvet goes by the stage name Irene.
heartkinz17  11/7/2017
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Irene is the stage name of Bae Joohyun, a member of Red Velvet.
― Anonymous User  9/13/2017
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Pronounced ee-ṘE-ne (or ee-REH-neh) in Spanish.
― Anonymous User  8/12/2017
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Irene Aldana is a Mexican mixed martial artist who competes in the Bantam weight division. She is currently signed with the UFC. In her lone fight with Brazilian mixed martial arts promotion Jungle Fight, Aldana faced Larissa Pacheco for the vacant JF Women's Bantamweight Championship at JF: Jungle Fight 63 on December 21, 2013. She lost the fight via third round TKO, giving her the first loss of her professional career.
cutenose  4/8/2017
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Pronounced "ee-REN" in Swedish, "ee-RE-ne" in both Danish and Norwegian.
heyyyyyyyyyyyy  3/25/2017
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Bae Joo-hyun, better known by her stage name Irene, is a South Korean singer, television host and actress. She is a member of South Korean girl group Red Velvet.
lilolaf  3/23/2017
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This is my godmother's name. I think it's very pretty and I love the meaning.
dancingbear  1/2/2017
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Modern Greek transcription forms are: Eirini and Irini. [noted -ed]
heyyyyyyyyyyyy  12/27/2016
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It is also used in Modern Greek, a transcription of Ειρήνη (Eirini/Irini). [noted -ed]
heyyyyyyyyyyyy  12/1/2016
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My name is Irene and it's pronounced as I-reen. I love it so much even though it seems kinda an old name. Keep it classic.
Summer Ann  11/10/2016
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One of my favorite dated names. Irene is such an elegant and classic name.
Luvbug86  10/3/2016
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Irene is the name of the titular princess from The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald. The animated movie based on the book uses the ie-REE-nee pronunciation.
Buneary  3/29/2016
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I'm here from Aphmau's Minecraft Diaries. This name is very beautiful and I would really like to name my children this.
JacobG0117  1/6/2016
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I really like this name. I was considering naming my daughter Irene, but I changed my mind after so many people told me that it's "too dated."
― Anonymous User  11/12/2015
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I have a neutral feeling towards this name. I neither hate nor love it. Just a name I tolerate and pass by without much thought. It does suit an older female more to be honest.

The name is said as I-reen.
― Anonymous User  9/21/2015
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Irene is the younger sister of singer Mariska Veres.
Ruta Graveolens  4/30/2015
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Irene is a beautiful name. I can see why some people don't like it, but please don't insult the name. People who have this name will feel hurt. Thank you.
― Anonymous User  11/23/2014
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Irene is written as آيرين in Arabic.
― Anonymous User  10/27/2014
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My sister has this name and I think it is nice although I don't know if I would ever use it. My dad used to sing "Good night Irene" to her for fun. I love the meaning - "peace".
― Anonymous User  10/21/2014
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My Paternal Grandma is called Irene. We call her eye-reen. My mother is French and pronounces it ee-rehne.
sazzlesarah  9/12/2014
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Irene is unusual in that it has various pronunciations. In the U.S. I've only heard it pronouncd Eye-Reen, as with the famous 1930's movie star Irene Dunne. The British seem to prefer Eye-Ree-Nee as with the actress Irene Worth (although she was apparently born American). In other parts of Europe, the pronunciation ranges from Eh-Reh-Nee to Ir-Reh-Nuh.
JeffHanna  7/17/2014
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An utterly gorgeous name. X.
― Anonymous User  6/28/2014
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A common Greek nickname for Irene is Rena.
kvpp88  6/13/2014
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A famous bearer of the name was Irene Dunne (1898-1990), American actress of golden Hollywood.
alberto  12/17/2013
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Irene Adler is a character in the Sherlock Holmes short story "A Scandal in Bohemia" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
ophelia  9/8/2013
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It's a very pretty name, and it would be nice to see it make a comeback. I like the nickname Ira.
shadow1999  7/17/2013
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Irene Redfield is the main character in Passing, a novel by Nella Larsen. She is an unlikeable character.
luna11  6/6/2013
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Name of the Day: March 23, 2013.
― Anonymous User  3/23/2013
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In Gone with the Wind, Scarlett's youngest sister is named Caroline Irene, but she goes by Carreen.
markat16  3/2/2013
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This name is also used in The Netherlands - the most famous Dutch bearer of this name is Princess Irene (b. 1939), one of the sisters of Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands.
Lucille  1/7/2013
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Irene Bedard (born July 22, 1967) is an American actress of Native American heritage. She provided the voice for Pocahontas in the Disney film of the same name.
Buneary  11/24/2012
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I think that the name Irene has a peaceful meaning. This name is unpopular now, but it was popular in the last century. So I think that Irene will become popular again in the future. Anyway, Irene is a nice name. I will probably use it.
― Anonymous User  8/18/2012
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I know an English-born lady in her 90s who's spent most of her life in Australia and she uses the 3-syllables.
In one of the Leslie Dunkling name books there's a quote from a British lady called Irene - she explains that in the early 20th century an American musical was performed in London, and became a theatrical hit. It included a song about an Irene. But the American composer had set the word Irene to only two notes. The song caught on in England, and the 3-syllable pronunciation was doomed!
Just Jonquil  7/7/2012
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It is somewhat true that this name sounds like an old lady's name and it dates back many years ago of when it came into usage as a name. The reason it is labeled as an "old lady's name" is because it became very popular and widespread since the time it was used as a name that a lot of women, young and old, are named Irene. I don't think you should rely on the facts that because it's so common it should be labeled as a "Granny" name, WRONG. Go accordingly with your taste in names, not with critics. Be rational, because critics can drive you crazy. If you see it the same way they do, then you can rely on your reasoning. I think this name doesn't sound bad at all and it has a great meaning. The spelling of Irene and Eirene partly resemble the country Ireland because of the Ire and Eire lettering, and that is what they actually mean. Why not say this name is a good choice for an Irish girl. Overall, this is a good name for anyone, but it's not my favorite. However, if this is your name, and if it were mine, I wouldn't change it and neither should you. Lastly, I never heard anyone make fun of this name. There is a reason to be proud of it. So, if you have a nice name, you should be proud of it, even if you don't like yourself.
MyFartsSmellGood  6/15/2012
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My name is Irene, pronounced eye-REEN, and I've always hated it. I have been told it's a beautiful name, but I've also been told it's an old lady name. I have never liked either the sound or meaning of the name, because I find a name that means "peace" very unfitting for someone who's so full of inner chaos like myself. Though there's thousands of names I like better, I would never change it.
vitaminanime  5/6/2012
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Was very popular in Constantinople, most famous is Empress Irene, regnant alone from 797 to 802, there are also several Bulgarian queens with name Irene.
Miklosich 00081  3/28/2012
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The name "Irene" was also given to a hurricane which damaged severely the Caribbean, the United States East Coast and Atlantic Canada in 2011.

I don't like it that they give female names to hurricanes. My name is Irene and I'm teased a lot about it!:(
Irangemi  8/31/2011
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Irangemi, seriously? You're still thinking that the World Meteorology Organization uses solely feminine names to name hurricanes? They have stopped doing that since the 70s! And now they name hurricanes with names of both genders, for example: Alberto, Beryl, Chris, and Debby. If you just want them to completely get rid of the feminine names, just send them a letter saying you wish to make all six name lists all male names only. Good luck.
XYKLONE  4/12/2018
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I have actually began to like the English pronunciation, but I much prefer the German one.
Chrila96  2/24/2011
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The English pronunciation is really hideous to me. EYE-reeeeen. Ugh. I think the Italian and Spanish pronunciation is very nice, it's ee-ren-ay.
Chrila96  11/13/2010
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I'm named Irene, at first I really didn't like it, but I'm starting to warm up to it, I've only ever met 1 other person named Irene - so it's pretty unique, but unfortunately I've had stupid nicknames such as irenis or irenis the penis and other variants of them bestowed upon me by certain friends.
― Anonymous User  9/27/2009
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I hate this name because of the sound of it and the last three letters of the name.
― Anonymous User  7/23/2009
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I think this is a great name, but seems rather old-fashioned nowadays, which is a shame because I think it could be easily recycled and freshened up on a young girl. And Reenee is a really great-sounding nickname. :)
walesgal92  5/17/2009
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I've only known one person my age (born in the early 1970s) named Irene. She was named after a grandmother but seemed so cool when we were in college that I had positive associations with it. Then there's Irene Adler, the only woman ever to best Sherlock Holmes, and the fact that it's a traditional Greek and Russian royal name. It's a prettier name when it's pronounced the European way as ee-RAY-nuh, the way it's pronounced in the Sherlock Holmes Grenada series with Jeremy Brett. Eye-REEN is the way it seems to be pronounced in most English-speaking countries, though.
― Anonymous User  4/18/2009
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I have loved the name Irene since I first saw the film "Gattaca." Until then I thought Irene was an old-lady's name, but the name seemed really fresh and elegant on Uma Thurman's character in the movie.
fon_solo  4/8/2009
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Terrible in English-speaking languages.
Kerules  4/7/2009
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I think it is a beautiful, reserved name, and is well-suited to my favourite [and only] mam-gu. A peaceful, contented, happy sort of name, and one that is quite nice when shortened to 'Reney' [Pronounced REENEE].
Dwynwen777  3/22/2009
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I don't know why people like this name so much. It's not a bad name and the meaning is nice enough, but it's very old fashioned. I mean, have you ever come across a pretty young girl with a name like Irene, Sheila or Margaret?
― Anonymous User  12/17/2008
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This is my middle name and both of my grandmothers' names. I was literally destined to have this name. I guess it goes well with my first name (which is Deana), but I particularly don't care for it.
DeeDee153  11/14/2008
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I pronounce it I-ree-nee, and I love it!
― Anonymous User  10/10/2008
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Irene (pronounced Ie-REE-nee) Handl (1901-87) was a British actress of Austrian and French parentage. She was a wonderful comedic presence in lots of films from the 1950s and 1960s that still occasionally appear on British television.
The pronunciation of Irene of her generation (reflected in the character Irene Heron in Galsworthy's "The Forsyte Saga" in the BBC television series of the late 1960s) is seldom if ever heard in Britain anymore.
Jonquil  9/15/2008
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Everything about this name is wonderful. The pronunciation, the spelling, the usage. I love it. It's not boring, either.
CutieCupcake  8/17/2008
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My name is Irene (pronounced in Spanish, Ee-REH-neh or something like this) and I think it's absolutely classy, beautiful and elegant. Unfortunately is very common nowadays in Spain, but yet, it's so beautiful. And I don't like the English pronunciation at all!
Eirene  6/23/2008
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I personally see nothing wrong with this name. It's not my favorite in the universe, but it's pretty.
― Anonymous User  6/12/2008
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This name is crap in English, but sounds nice in other languages. In English, it sounds like the name of a dim-witted country girl. I would suggest English-speakers to leave the name alone, but in other languages, it sounds quite pretty, and nicely mature as well.
slight night shiver  4/24/2008
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Dissing the English language, huh? Gee, it's like racism... but with language!

This name does NOT sound bad in English! It sounds very pretty in my opinion! I personally think that YOU should leave this name alone; it's not right to tell others what not to name their babies, ESPECIALLY if language is involved.
MarioDM02  12/13/2018
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Also used in Ireland.
Dianna475  3/26/2008
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Name of the day on March 23, 2008.
ArielleirA  3/26/2008
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The infamous title 'character' in the song known as either "Irene, Goodnight" or "Goodnight Irene," an old folk standard.
neverland4962  3/23/2008
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I think Irene is an all-time-classic and pretty name, especially when pronounced AI-REEN. Interesting combinations; Grace-Irene, Brenda-Irene, Martha-Irene.
― Anonymous User  8/17/2007
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This is my mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother's middle name, and my mom hates it. I think it's an okay name, just not one of my favorites. I'm just glad it's not my middle name!
― Anonymous User  7/26/2007
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Irene was the sister of Alexandra Feodorovna, the last tsaritsa of Russia.
bibi66  5/12/2007
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Irene (pronounced Ie-REE-nee) Worth was a British actress.
Kosta  5/1/2007
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Correction! Irene Worth was American, not British. She was born Harriet Elizabeth Abrams. She did use the pronunciation "Ie-REE-nee."
Kosta  4/28/2014
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Irene Van Dyk is a 6 foot goal shooter who plays for the Silver Ferns (New Zealand netball team.) She was a South African who moved to New Zealand. She is very good at Netball. :)
Koolgal  4/8/2007
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This name RULES!
― Anonymous User  4/3/2007
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I love Irene for a middle name.
elysa  3/14/2007
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I have only heard it pronounced IE-reen. I don't particularly like this name. The only thing that is okay about this name is the nickname Reenie.
― Anonymous User  3/7/2007
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My grandma has this name. In Spanish, I've only heard it pronounced as EE-re-ne.
DanielAndres  2/5/2007
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I've heard it pronounced "ee-RAY-nay" in the 1995 film "Mi Familia".
gaelruadh19  1/14/2007
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Listen to the German pronunciation of Irene here:
http://www.nordicnames.de/Aussprache.html.
_satu_  12/16/2006
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Irene de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y de Borbón is the name of the fourth child of Princess Cristina of Spain and her husband Iñaki Urdangarín.
MariaNikolaievnaRoma  11/25/2006
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Pronounced ee-RAY-nuh in Germany. [noted -ed]
JHK  9/3/2006
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Irene is a very pretty name. I like what it means and it sounds soft, classy and mysterious yet simple.
― Anonymous User  6/2/2006
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I think it is a beautiful name with a pretty sound and a good meaning. Peace is a very important matter for anyone now, whether it is a peaceful world or a peace in each person's mind.
pocho-mole  4/14/2006
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A famous bearer is Irene Cara.
wiswina  12/4/2005
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In Portuguese this name is pronounced "EE-rehn".
Ritakins  11/19/2005
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A famous bearer of this name is Princess Irene of Lippe-Biesterfeld. She is the sister of queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.
― Anonymous User  11/16/2005
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Irene was the baptismal name of Arlene Dietrich.
― Anonymous User  9/19/2005
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My great aunt Irene pronounced it i-REE-nee.
tilly  8/17/2005
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The older pronunciation (still used to some extent in England, I believe) is ie-REE-nee.
Kosta  2/10/2005

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