Eileen

First Name
186k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Eileen

"Eileen" is a name of Irish origin, and it means "Beautiful Bird". It's a name commonly given to girls.

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Anglicized form of Irish Eibhlín, Eilín or Aibhilín, all cognates of Evelyn. Sometimes also used for the Irish name Éibhleann, possibly from óiph "radiance, beauty".

  1. A female given name.

Eileen was also found in the following language(s): Manx

Notable Persons Named Eileen

She has had major accomplishments since 1953. Dame was given the name Eileen June Atkins on June 16th, 1934 in London, England, UK.

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She has had major accomplishments since 1982. Eileen was given the name Eileen Marie Davidson on June 15th, 1959 in Artesia, California, U.S.

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Greer Garson was an actress, singer, and philanthropist. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1932 to 1996. Greer was given the name Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson on September 29th, 1904 in Manor Park, London. She breathed her last breath on April 6th, 1996.

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Eileen Brennan was an actress. She was most active from 1960 to 2011. Eileen was given the name Verla Eileen Brennen on September 3rd, 1932 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. She left this life on July 28th, 2013.

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Her most notable accomplishments were from 1955 to 1955. Mary was given the name Eileen Mary Ure on February 18th, 1933 in Glasgow. She left this life on April 3rd, 1975.

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Eileen Ryan is an actress. She has been prominent since 1955. Eileen was given the name Eileen Annucci on October 16th, 1927 in New York City, New York, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Eileen

Mary Eileen Ahern was a librarian. Mary was given the name Ahern, Mary Eileen on October 1st, 1860. She passed away on May 22nd, 1938.

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How popular is the baby name Eileen in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1882 6 6 0
1883 5 5 0
1885 6 6 0
1886 15 15 0
1887 15 15 0
1888 14 14 0
1889 20 20 0
1890 15 15 0
1891 13 13 0
1892 35 35 0
1893 32 32 0
1894 36 36 0
1895 44 44 0
1896 46 46 0
1897 59 59 0
1898 81 81 0
1899 77 77 0
1900 85 85 0
1901 87 87 0
1902 91 91 0
1903 101 101 0
1904 120 120 0
1905 124 124 0
1906 161 161 0
1907 168 168 0
1908 199 199 0
1909 216 216 0
1910 258 258 0
1911 336 336 0
1912 470 470 0
1913 614 614 0
1914 920 920 0
1915 1,493 1,493 0
1916 1,858 1,858 0
1917 2,153 2,147 6
1918 2,264 2,264 0
1919 2,352 2,346 6
1920 2,717 2,717 0 #100 girl name
1921 2,869 2,863 6 #100 girl name
1922 2,943 2,938 5 #96 girl name
1923 2,978 2,978 0 #95 girl name
1924 3,069 3,069 0 #93 girl name
1925 2,967 2,962 5 #96 girl name
1926 2,930 2,930 0 #92 girl name
1927 2,934 2,928 6 #92 girl name
1928 2,652 2,644 8
1929 2,563 2,558 5 #98 girl name
1930 2,387 2,378 9
1931 2,238 2,225 13
1932 2,128 2,120 8
1933 2,011 2,004 7
1934 2,233 2,226 7
1935 2,207 2,199 8
1936 2,334 2,320 14
1937 2,353 2,344 9
1938 2,288 2,283 5
1939 2,169 2,158 11
1940 2,044 2,034 10
1941 2,205 2,193 12
1942 3,117 3,105 12 #88 girl name
1943 4,109 4,092 17 #68 girl name
1944 3,658 3,649 9 #73 girl name
1945 3,642 3,636 6 #70 girl name
1946 4,181 4,170 11 #80 girl name
1947 4,266 4,250 16 #91 girl name
1948 3,843 3,838 5 #91 girl name
1949 3,733 3,723 10 #95 girl name
1950 3,891 3,883 8 #91 girl name
1951 3,823 3,815 8 #95 girl name
1952 3,745 3,740 5 #100 girl name
1953 3,636 3,628 8
1954 3,685 3,680 5
1955 3,516 3,505 11
1956 3,453 3,447 6
1957 3,721 3,708 13
1958 3,535 3,527 8
1959 3,633 3,626 7
1960 3,507 3,497 10
1961 3,490 3,490 0
1962 3,063 3,058 5
1963 2,949 2,937 12
1964 2,595 2,586 9
1965 2,425 2,418 7
1966 2,039 2,039 0
1967 1,798 1,791 7
1968 1,588 1,580 8
1969 1,474 1,474 0
1970 1,282 1,282 0
1971 1,043 1,036 7
1972 919 919 0
1973 866 866 0
1974 758 758 0
1975 662 662 0
1976 563 563 0
1977 639 634 5
1978 630 630 0
1979 574 569 5
1980 613 613 0
1981 585 585 0
1982 584 584 0
1983 688 688 0
1984 614 614 0
1985 560 560 0
1986 535 535 0
1987 470 470 0
1988 514 514 0
1989 531 524 7
1990 529 529 0
1991 422 422 0
1992 403 403 0
1993 401 401 0
1994 368 368 0
1995 373 373 0
1996 373 373 0
1997 377 377 0
1998 449 449 0
1999 414 414 0
2000 401 401 0
2001 406 406 0
2002 380 380 0
2003 388 388 0
2004 358 358 0
2005 380 380 0
2006 355 355 0
2007 396 396 0
2008 386 386 0
2009 346 346 0
2010 320 320 0
2011 369 369 0
2012 324 324 0
2013 359 359 0
2014 391 391 0
2015 408 408 0
2016 389 389 0

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Popularity of Eileen as a first name

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Common last names for Eileen

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  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Brown
  • Anderson
  • Jones
  • Kelly
  • Williams
  • Martin
  • Wilson
  • Sullivan
  • White
  • Oconnor
  • Clark
  • Obrien
  • Nelson
  • Moore
  • Thompson
  • Davis

Fun Facts about the name Eileen

  • How Popular is the name Eileen? Eileen is the 389th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Eileen have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 186,018 babies born with the first name Eileen in the United States. That's more than enough people named Eileen to occupy the country of Sao Tome and Principe with an estimated population of 172,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Eileen? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1882 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Eileen first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Eileen is Thursday, February 2nd, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Eileen born? The highest recorded use of the first name Eileen was in 1947 with a total of 4,250 babies. That's a lot of babies named Eileen!
  • Random Eileen Factoid: According to the 1920 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Eileen ranks 65th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Connecticut. Imagine that, 51 babies in Connecticut have the same name as you in 1920.
  • Weird things about the name Eileen: Your name in reverse order is Neelie. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ineeel. How do you pronounce that?

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