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Meaning & History
A form of Irene. The most notable bearer was Despotess Jerina (originally: Irene Kantakouzene), the wife of Serbian Despot Đurađ Branković, who lived in the 15th century and who is known in Serbian folk legends as Damned Jerina because of many hardships she reportedly imposed on the people. Due to these negative connotations, the name has been seldom used ever since, being almost completely replaced by Irena or Irina.