How nice Aileen sounds! I think it is a lovely name. Why is it not better known? I do not get it. Those of you named Aileen are lucky, although there is confusion with the pronunciation. However, that does not mean that it isn't still a wonderful name. Great.
My name is Aileen. I love that it means light :)
Isn't Aileen supposed to be pronounced AY-leen? Aileen Quinn pronounced it that way, you can hear it being pronounced in youtube videos.

Apart from that Aileen is quite common in Scotland and pronounced AY-leen there as well. I know several.
Yes! I found my sisters! I pronounce my name AY-leen and even went so far as to spell it that way all through high school. I got used to being called Eileen all my life, but when I came across the very rare Aileen, I feel like I’ve met a kindred spirit!
And yes... “Come on Eileen” is a trigger song for me. Ugh. And yes, I was teased in school and called Alien. Yup. I’m with you all.
I could cry! I've never heard from so many other Aileens in my entire life! It feels like a sisterhood :) You guys get my struggle! I pronounce it Ay-leen, and I really wish this page could include that pronunciation! So... does everyone come up to you guys singing "Come on, Eileen" too, or is it just me?
It's pronounced AY-leen in Great Britain:

Ie-LEEN and IE-leen are the American pronunciations.
In the US this seems to be pronounced the same as Eileen.

However, in Scotland (where this spelling is more common than Eileen), I've only heard it as AY-leen.
It’s okay. I don’t like it but I don’t dislike it.
Aileen just sounds very whiny to me.
Sounds like alien to me.
Aileen can be pronounced as Eileen, with a I sound. Or depending on the accent, as Aileen. I like this spelling a lot, but prefer Eileen.
My name is Aileen, pronounced ay-leen my experience has been that of correcting people throughout my life on pronunciation.. Within seconds of introducing myself I am repeating it because it is unique and always mispronounced. In jr high and high school my nickname was alien.. The name literally means light, or great beam of light and on rough days I work hard to embody that description.. It is beautiful and I feel that people who don't or can't pronounce it are certainly not meant to know me...I am a shining light!
My name is Aileen (pronounced Ay-leen). I always hated it as a child because people couldn't say it but it's somewhat grown on me over the years. Even now though, I am surprised when someone pronounces it properly! I've only ever met 2 people in person with my name so I reckon I would find it weird calling someone by my name which has also been spelled many ways before including Alien, Alieen and quite recently Aisleen!
My younger daughter's middle name is Aileen. I chose it to honor her paternal grandmother who was of Hungarian descent - Wilma Aileen - who passed away a year before my daughter was born. I think it's a lovely name and hope that she'll pass it on if she has a daughter one day.

My middle name is my mother's which I in turn, have given to my older daughter. I hope that she'll continue the tradition as well.
Aileen Wuornos, serial killer.
My name's Eileen. I like my name, but Aileen is pretty too. Aye-leen sounds weird though.
Hello all you A/Eileen's and other variants. I need to explain. I was born of Canadian parents while they were traveling through the United States. When the birth certificate was filled out, they wrote Aileen instead of Eileen. I assumed this was an American spelling. Through school I spelled it the way my mother wanted, as Eileen. But legally, I now use Aileen. It is humorous to me, because I can always tell who it is who has seen my name in print, that is, who is reading me. This is a positive for me, being a writer and poet, not that I want to limit myself in any way. I am more than poet and writer. If those I meet have seen my name in print they will call me AY-leen. If they haven't then Eye-Leen. Once, my plane tickets came back with Alien and did I want them to change that!? Why yes, of course I did! Sheesh. And, I love my name.
I have never met anyone else with my pronunciation: 'Ay-leen' and often get called Eileen. I'm surprised by those who say the opposite.
My name is spelled Aeleen, pronounced "Ah-leen" (according to my mother Arlene, whose best friend was Eileen) so I think my name is combination of both names. I have been called Eileen, Elaine, Alene, and yes, Alien. Only my family and childhood friends know the "correct" pronouncation, otherwise I go by "Lee".
My name's Edna Aileen Martínez Soto. I've always gone by Aileen because Edna has always reminded me of an old lady with a lot of cats. I'm Latina and my family has always pronounced the name as AH-ee-leen, with emphasis on the "leen". I despise it when people butcher my name in English; it's not Eileen, it's not eye-leen. It's AH-ee-leen.
I know a girl who's about eleven named Aileen. She pronounces it like Eileen, but at first glance I'd probably pronounce it ay-leen. Both pronunciations are very pretty... Although I have to say spelling wise, I like Eileen a little bit more. I think it might be because Aileen looks kind of like "alien" :P.
I think this is a really pretty name. I like Aileen much better than Eileen or Aileena, although they're nice too.
Aileen is my name, when I was a child, I hated it. Now I changed my mind, and maybe it sounds too cold, but I love it anyway.
I like a variation of this name: Aileena. It seems more feminine.
My name's Aileen (Ay-leen), not Eileen! It's quite a common Irish name.
I was named after Lady Aileen Plunkett, born Aileen Guinness (of the Guinness family) who lived in Luttrellstown Castle Dublin (where Posh and Becks got married). Her daughter was called Neelia - Aileen backwards!
I love my name, despite having to correct everyone!
No offense to people with this name, but it reminds me of middle-aged American housewives who live in the country, have big hair, and wear too much make-up.
My name is Ailene and my mother pronounced it "eye-LEEN." I have heard of people with the name spelled the same as mine, but instead it is pronounced "ay-LEEN." I have had a few people look at my name and mistakenly call me "alien."
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Aileen Stanley was a United States popular singer. Stanley performed on vaudeville and in cabarets. In 1920 she made a hit in New York City in the review show "Silks And Satins".
Aileen Quinn is an American actress who played the title role in the 1982 film version of Annie.
Aileen Pringle was a highly successful and popular stage and film actress during the silent film era.
I think this is a very pretty name and not the least bit harsh.
I once had a really funny incident on the phone when an old lady said her name was Aileen, and I thought she said alien.
Hahaha! Alien! It does look/sound like Alien!
The correct pronunciation is a matter of opinion. But my mother pronounces hers eye-leen with emphasis on the last syllable. Ay-leen grates on her nerves. Besides, traditional European pronunciation of the letter "a" gives it a longer "ahh" sound. So her pronunciation is likely to be more correct than the harsher, later, Americanized version.
Aileen sounds so hard for a baby girl, backwards it's Neelia, which sounds much more feminine!
I hate this name! It sounds so harsh, not a good name for a cute little baby!
I love the name. It's one of my favorites but I can see where you're coming from.
I think the spiteful anonymous person making rude comments about the name is a female with a childish grudge against someone called Aileen. Men don't say things like "cute little baby" so I feel sorry for their very unhealthy grudge. My name is Aileen and I've fought for my name to be said as it's supposed to be. Aileen is not a harsh name and it's very childish young women who write things like that. Jealousy I expect. Aileen is also the name of a famous HiV scientist. So evidently some of us are pretty clever too. Unlike cowards who stay anonymous. What's your name then? Joanne, Sarah, Kate or maybe it's Claire, lots of those around... Debbie is a bit more rare..
Ailiene is a Scottish variant of Aileen and is pronounced "I-Leen" from the 1870s and earlier in Midlothian, Scotland. My great-grandparents brought the name with them to the USA in 1888. Ailiene was used in several subsequent generations since the mid 1700's.
My name is (obviously) Aileen and there are actually two pronunciations of the name. Believe me, I would know. It is unbelievable how many people mispronounce it. It can be pronounced with a long "A" (Aileen) or, as in my case, the same way as Eileen. This way has a long "I" (Iileen).
People do get Aileen and Eileen confused. They often pronounce them both as eye-LEEN. It gets annoying for my friend with this name!
Aileen is a beautiful name indeed.
Aileen is also sadly famous by Aileen Wuornos, female serial killer who was executed by lethal injection.
Aileen or Aylin in the Turkish language means "halo around the moon" and it is used in countries such as Turkey, Iran, and Azerbaijan.
My name is Aileen, therefore it is the best name ever. I think that everyone with the name Aileen would agree that people need to learn how to pronounce it properly.
Two famous bearers are silent actress Aileen Pringle (1895-1989) and actress Aileen Quinn (b. 1971), who was Annie in the 1982 movie.
This name, due to its pronunciation, is often confused with the French name "Helene", and people often have the wrong meaning.

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