Also Gascon and Languedocian: --- Source: Institut d'Estudis Occitans
This name is MUCH better than Irene.
Also used in Estonia:
Also Belarusian, spelled Ірэна. You'll find bearers on social media.
I think that Irena is an elegant name! I like all the forms of Irene.
Used in Romania.
Also Italian:
The name is also used in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, and Germany.
Irena is NOT used in Sweden. Irene is, though.
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.
Polish diminutive - Renia.
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.
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.
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
Irena Sendler - Polish head of Zegota children's department in the 1940s: saved 2,500 Jewish children from the Nazis.
Czech and Slovak pronunciation is "ee-RE-nah" (short -ee-).
Irena is a Russian name as well.
Czech name day for Irena is April 16.
"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").
Irena Adler is the chief antagonist in the Sherlock Holmes story "Scandal in Bohemia".
Dutch pronunciation is ee-RAY-nah.
It's used in Bulgaria too. It's like in Serbian: Èðåíà.

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