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Eileen

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Origin: Greek
Meaning: Light

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  • Records indicate that 183,973 girls in the United States have been named Eileen since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1947, when 4,240 people in the U.S. were given the name Eileen. Those people are now 67 years old.

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  • "~ I am 54 and was named Eileen because it was Irish. All of my siblings have Irish names as well. I hated my name when I was younger for many of the same reasons others have posted (spelled wrong, pronounced wrong, etc). Now, I'm very happy with it. I've not met many people with the name Eileen, but three instances come to mind. First, I was taking an Excel class, and there were only nine students in the class and there were three Eileen's, including the teacher. Second, my family took a trip to Ireland and there were three Eileen's on the tour bus (which held 40+ passengers), and third, there is a lake near where I live and when we pulled in the gate, the Ranger had the same first and last name as me . . . although her middle name was different. Otherwise, I don't recall knowing any Eileen's while growing up, or in fact, as an adult." Dec. 3, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is eileen and my fourth daughter name is eileen we like our name" Apr. 20, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "Eileen is my name, i was named after my Grandma. It's an Irish name meaning light. Growing up I hated it because I am always called either Ellen or Elaine which really pisses me off, and no one can spell it either. People also mention the song "Come on Eileen" which is kinda cool because I've never met another Eileen in my life other than my Grandman and I've even met alot of people who've never heard of the name before and I've lived on the East Coast all my life." Jan. 11, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • ""It's my name too! I am 52 and was named Eileen after my mom, Helen. We are definitely of Irish heritage. I did and still do get teased about my name, but have learned to laugh it off. It has taken a long time to get used to my name and I'm loving it more with each passing year. The meaning is very dear to me as it describes how my spirit feels." Oct. 22, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "When I was a child, one of my friend's mums always called me 'Irene'. My mum was always telling her I was 'Eileen'. Whenever I bumped into her as an adult, both she and her husband would say, 'Hello Irene'. I gave up trying to correct them. I work in a school and there are 3 'Eileens', including me, working there. I work with an 'Elaine'and people are always confusing us. I just laugh at weddings or parties when someone thinks they are being original when they ask the DJ to play 'Come on Eileen'. My Mum used to say she almost called me Lydia. I think Eileen suits me better." Jul. 25, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My mom used the initials of one of her uncles to name me and honor him. His first and middle names were Alexander Elijah. So she took the A and E, turned them around and my first and middle names are, Eilene Adele. Growing up, I never met anyone with the same spelling of my name, and then one day, I did, in a library book, I think her name was Eilene Silver, and I was stunned! I love my name and its spelling, but knew I could never buy something off the store shelf that was spelled, Eilene, and that anything I got had to be special-ordered; but I didn't mind. When traveling, one of the coolest experiences was when the lady behind the airline counter saw my name on the ticket and told me that was her name too. I looked at her name tag and it was spelled, Ai-Lien. Her mom loved the Irish name just like my mom did, so she spelled it out in what I believe was Chinese lettering style. I thought it was fascinating, and never forgot it. Then because I found out that Eilene means "light," and I like the Hindi language, I found out the word for "light" in Hindi, and it's "Roshni." So when I talk with those from India, I tell them my name in Hindi is Roshni. We laugh and have fun with it. Yes, I love my name! Thank you!" Jul. 3, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name and even though I'm always getting teased about it and the song "Come on Eileen", I think that it's interesting to meet the people with the same name because it isn't very popular now.My middle name is Renee(French as well. I live in the state of Georgia in the U.S.A. I love French!!!" Oct. 14, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "it is my mother's name. I always thought it was special because it was unusual. Growing up I never heard of anyone else with this name" Oct. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Well I am Eileen. I have meet a couple pf people with different spelling of the name so i feel special. My Name is Eileen Juliana and i doubt anyone has that combination. I'm just surprised my Mexican mother decided on an Irish name, but soooooooo glad she did I love my name." Sep. 30, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Eileen Jessie... My parents thought this name sounded nice and it had been popular at the time when I was born. I have British blood in me, so I like the name Eileen. I have NEVER met someone with the same name (unless when I was a child and I have forgotten) and most people (if they hear it) spell it wrong or (if they read it) pronounce it wrong. It is pronounced: "I-Leen". The "E" at the beginning is silent, so that confuses people. But they even add in other letters when they read it, like "r"s "w"s and other ones that do not belong. Names I am usually called: Elaine, Ellen, Irene, and the list goes on. I find that this name is unique and because of that, it is my favorite name for myself or others. It is not very common and that is what I am happy about. As a child, and many children that I meet, I pronounced my name incorrectly (I-ween). Some people are familiar with the song "Don't Walk Away Eileen" by Sam Roberts and try to remember my name from that... I have to constantly remind people of my name and they usually still do not get it. So, I just let them call me whatever they please, as long as I know that they are talking to or about me. Normally, if one person always remembers my name and someone says it wrong, they correct the person and wonder why I do nothing about it. I suppose I am just used to it now. No one ever seems to get it anyway, so why bother? When people realize that they have made a mistake on my name, they feel really embarrassed about it...whatever. haha Anyways, I was born on December 28, 1992. I am outgoing in small groups (I prefer one on one) but shy in large groups. I am quick to smile, I have a small voice most of the time but I am also known to be the best public speaker around (I seem to talk a little to loud...especially into microphones...opps), I have quite a temper, and so on. --------------------------------------------- The girl's name Eileen \e(i)- leen\ is pronounced eye-LEEN. From Norman French Aveline. Variant of Evelyn; derived from the Gaelic Eibhlın (see Eibhlin). Also a form of Helen. Fashion designer Eileen Fisher; actress Eileen Brennan. Eileen has 26 variant forms: Aileen, Ailene, Alene, Aline, Ayleen, Eila, Eilah, Eilean, Eileene, Eilena, Eilene, Eilin, Eilleen, Eiley, Eily, Ileana, Ileanna, Ileen, Ileene, Ilene, Iliana, Ilianna, Leana, Lena, Lianna and Lina. For more information, see also related names Eireen and Eleanor. Baby names that sound like Eileen are Elleen, Eleen and Wileen. Eileen is a very common first name for women (#205 out of 4276) but an uncommon last name for both men and women. (source: 1990 U.S. Census) ---------------------------------------------" Sep. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I live in a French speaking country (Belgium) where they have major problems pronouncing and spelling the name. On the other hand it's quite unique so people remember you. I've always been a bit unsure about my name but seeing so many others who are proud of it I think I should be too, and also try to live up to its meaning - love and light :-)" Aug. 31, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My middle name is Eileen and it it what I've gone by since I was 9 years old. (I'm 22 in 2009.) It was my grandma's name. People spell it "Ilean" all the time... but I deal with it. I used to tell people my name was "Eileen" and then I would point to my eye and tilt my head. Funny when I was teenager. Flat out embarassing now. Eileen is derived from "Helen" meaning "pleasant". In 1987 (my birth year) there were less than 500 girls named Eileen. I consider myself special for that!!" Aug. 14, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Eileen and I really like it. I don't know anyone named it except both my grandmas and my aunt...it is a family name obviously. It's very unique and I am glad to have a name that is not common." Jul. 7, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi, My name is Audrey, I'm 29 and I'm french . I named my little girl (22 months old) Eileen because I've spent a year in Ireland (Bundoran) when I was younger and I'm fond of Ireland, Irish culture ... I hope Eileen will love her name, it's very uncommon in France an I hope she'll be proud of our choice." Jul. 2, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name Eileen. Wouldn't trade it for anything. My middle name is Frances. Eileen Frances.....wonder how many girls out there have this combination? I am 49 and have met very few Eileens. I think Eileen is a very pretty name. I am part Irish." May. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Eileen. I've only met one other Eileen who just so happens to be my aunts sister. I dont mind when people relate my name to the song come on eileen.I do get irritated when people mispronounce it and make joke about me leaning. When i was younger i hated the name but its grown on me. I've been called ellen and E-lean but I dont let it bother me any more if they dont know how to pronounce it that is their problem." Feb. 22, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Eileen. Sometimes I like, other times I don't. A lot of people aren't familiar with it. I am really Irish so it suits me well. Teachers say it Elaine sometimes. (Kind of annoying) I like how it is spelled, it is different but it has a really good meaning." Feb. 17, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I met a wonderful woman this past year that I fell in love with and her name happens to be Eileen. I think Eileen is such a pretty name and it fits her pefectly becasue she is such a kind, gentle, and warmhearted lady. I am so blessed to know such a beautiful person and look forward to sharing my life with her in the future." Feb. 16, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have the name Eileen. A lot of people spell my name wrong. They spell it Ilean. I have met a few others with the name Eileen, being that I live in an Irish nieghborhood. As a child, this one child would always make fun of me but his name was Column so i made fun of him too. Eileen is an excellent name and I strongly recommend it if you are Irish." Dec. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "When I started school, I was convinced my older brother had taught me to spell my name wrong. That "Ei" at the front baffled people and I grew up answering to just about any name that was close enough. I have since grown into my name and wouldn't want to be named anything else. I have even come to terms with the song Come On, Eileen." Oct. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love having an Irish name although I am a Geordie. I was nearly called Brenda and am so glad my parents decided to call me Eileen. People do often spell it incorrectly and I dislike being called A-Leen. I would love a pound for everytime someone has sung "Come on Eileen." Oh how I hate that song." Sep. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "'eileen' = helen = 'light' in gaelic. i was named eileen after my fathers' favorite aunt, whom i only knew as 'cricket'; as they found a cricket in her crib when she was a baby. it was in a workshop at the omega institute in Rhinebeck, NY, that i met Malindoma Some', who comes from somewhere deep in the armpit of Africa, and from a village where not many people learn the 'talking leaves ' (reading and writing)... in his culture, when a woman is pregnant, she will undergo a divination/meditation session with the elders/medicine council of the tribe... wherein she will enter a trance and the soul growing within her ... (the new baby... (who is building his 'space suit')...will, in the presence of the council, speak, through the voice of the mama, his (or her) purpose in this lifewalk... and the elders will choose a name for the child based on what it has told them it is to accomplish. Well. He said he was to be a 'giver of knowledge'. hence the name malindoma. but it did not come to pass until he was in midlife. he thought he was living up to his name as he was one of the few people in the village who went away to highschool, and then college, and then graduate school... but it was not until middle age that he was called home by the elders who had been having dreams with him in them... and they told him... 'you need to be teaching the traditions of our people'. so... how does this relate to 'eileen'? well. he and his wife were exceptionally moving and inspiring speakers and educators. and it got me to thinking, that even if my parents didn't come from a culture where names were chosen, that maybe my name had a meaning for me to live up to. and so i looked it up in a 'baby names' book. i was pleased to learn that the gaelic translation means 'light'. so i aim to enlighten. lots of love.... eileen marie d'esterno, painter/sculptor/writer/vocalist/actress/songwriter/journalist/lover of life....currently in Columbus, GA." Aug. 4, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Both of my mother's brothers were killed in WWII. One was named Howard, the other Earle..She felt she couldn't do anything with Howard, but was thinking of Earla or Earleen..hence Eileen...Thank you Mom" Jul. 29, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Eileen too. Many people pronounced my name as 'eye-leen' and 'e-lane'. But my parents call me 'e-leen' and hence, all my friends are used to calling me 'e-leen'. Till now, I'm unsure of the most correct version. Whether it's 'eye-leen', 'e-lane' or my preferred 'e-leen', this certainly is one unique name!" May. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name: It's feminine, classy, and unique but not odd. I'm in my 30s and most Eileens I've met have been senior citizens. That rarity only makes me love it more! I only met one woman my age with my name and we laughed when I assumed her family was Irish because she was Iranian." May. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "After reading some of the comments...a lot of those apply to me too. People sometimes call me Irene, Ellen, Elaine, etc. or they just mispronounce it and say "A-lean" or "E-lean" and yep, they misspell it too. Oh yeah, they usually break out into "Come on Eileen"...haha or tell an "I-lean" joke. It doesn't really bother me, unless it wasn't meant to be a joke. I haven't met many other Eileens, although I had a good friend in junior high whose name was Eileen... Someone on the phone once thought I was Irish...LOL...farthest from it actually, I'm Chinese-American. Go EILEENs all over the world!! =)" Apr. 28, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was named after my Grandma. When I was younger I hated the name, now I don't mind it. I have always hated it when people call me Ellen, Eileen is such a better name." Apr. 15, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my bfff is called Elana but she said its a made up name that her parents made up but i really don't believe her as i saw the name often i wonder if has anything to do with the name Elaine???" Apr. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Well my name is Eileen and as a black female it is not a commom name at all. I was named after my god mother because I was born in the backseat of her and my uncles car.But I definately do love my name it is beautiful and unique." Mar. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Yes, people usually call me Irene, Marlene, Arlene (but that's ok) I don't mind I just answer :) The only thing I know about how I was named which my Grandma told me was she wanted my name to be Susan and my mother wanted Eileen and Eileen it was. I to like my name it's unique and the meaning fit me to a tea." Mar. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "A lot of people either tend to spell my name wrong or say it wrong, and it seems to be a hard name to remember with some poeple I know. Funny thing is though, I've heard the name is derived from a lot of languages, such as Irish, Greek, German and now Arabic! I used to hate my name, but now I find it so original. My aunt and my Grandmother had the same name on both sides of my family, (my aunt on my mom's side and my Grandma on my dad's side), but i LOVES IT! It's funny how i got named though, because my mom and aunt flipped to a coin to decide who got to name their kid Eileen and my mom won! It's such a funny story." Jan. 31, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name. You can imagine it's pretty unique here in Germany. But I've me many with a similar pronounciation. As a little girl some people understood Heide. And now I got the nickname Eli (pronounced in German!). What's funny is is that my parents and I grew up in the GDR and there it's not common to have an Irish name. And yes, I always had and still have to spell it. But this just keeps in exciting. LOL I love the meaning. Even if it means "little light". I love my name and can only recommend it. ^^ Go Eileen!" Oct. 25, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "There is no better name than Eileen. My parents wanted to name me Maureen, but a cousin got that name shortly before I was born; lucky for me. I know lots of Maureens, but not many Eileens - even on the east coast. Think of all the advantages: at work everyone knows who I am (only a few Eileens in a very large organization), and several of my email addresses are "eileen@" because there are so few of us :)" Oct. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "MY NAME IS EILEEN AND I LOVE IT! EVEN IF PEOPLE TELL ME THE DUMB JOKE ABOUT THE ONE LEGGED LADY OR SING COME ON EILEEN A THOUSAND TIMES..IN MY CASE I HAVE FOUND THE NAME TO BE PRETTY UNIQUE" Aug. 7, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "How many Eileens you found used to depend on which coast you were on. I was born on the West Coast in the 1940's, during the height of popularity for naming your baby Eileen, according to your chart above. In the 60-odd years I've lived here, I've seen only two other Eileens, both around my age, and the film My Sister Eileen. I loved being the only one in school with an exclusive name that proudly showed off my Irish heritage, especially when every one of my classes had twenty Lindas and Susans in them. The down side was that no one ever pronounced it right and then when I would correct them they would tell me, "What a stupid way to spell Ilene!" These sites that give the meaning of names never get it entirely right either. Ei is a shining light, which they usually get at least partially right, but EEN is the female diminuative for all Irish nouns, i.e. col is a girl and colleen is a young or little girl. So, my shining light must be little, also, but the meanings never show that. Back to the coast thing, I married an Irishman from the East Coast where I was shocked to find Eileens everywhere. What a difference from the two West Coast Eileens I'd met. The offspring of an East Coast Irish family seems to always consist of a priest, a nun, and an Eileen." Jun. 8, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My grandmother came from Ireland. Her name was Eileen. She always told us that Eileen means "light". It is a true family name. Many girls in my family are named Eileen, including my own daughter. She is sixteen and loves her name. People always tell her what a beautiful name she has." Oct. 29, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is also Eileen but in the form "Aylin" since it is a Turkish name. Sometimes people mispronunce it as "Aliin" In Turkish it means the halo around the moon however, in English (when pronunced as Eileen ) it is the same as the mythilogical character Helen of Troy who caused the Trojan War." Jun. 18, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have always had to spell my name and pronounce it correctly to people who only thought they knew how to spell it. I have lived with all the jokes, I sometimes like to tell them."eileen over and you kiss my as_.......lol" May. 30, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Eileen is such a beautiful name-So beautiful that I named my baby Eileen (my Grandmother's name also)." Nov. 29, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "People pronounce it as "ay-leen" or "ill-leen" and they often spell it "Ilene". Eileen also means "shinning" which is to quickly climb up something." Oct. 6, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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  • "Eileen is my name and i'm 15. at first i didnt really like it but now im starting to appreciate it and i actually like it. and i cant picture myself with another name, this one fits me perfect." May. 30, 2008: Report as inappropriate

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  • "My name is Eileen my mothers name is Eileen an my first born daughter is called Eileen love my name just want to thank my parents for a lovely name" Jun. 21, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Helen and I'm 31, my daughter is Eileen and she is 5 years old,born July 2008. I am Hispanic and named after my Grandmother Elena which she is actually Mexican but of European decent. My mother's name is Elia, born also in Mexico. My daughter Eileen is hispanic and black (African American but with Indian roots) .... I dislike when they cannot pronounce my daughter's name correctly! She has a middle name (Selena like the famous Selena singer no not Gomez, the one before that Selena bid bid box box the Queen of tejano) we made a song for her since she was born "I lean to the left, I lean to the right, Eileen Eileen!.... do the Selena do the Selena ..., .... (last name goes there and said twice) She now made a dance to it... it's so funny." May. 30, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Eileen, but apparently it is pronounced as ee-leen, kinda... The full name is Eileen Tong Hui Guan, which means I'm chinese, Malaysian Chinese though, also, I'm buddha, not a Christian. We're just lucky we have different surnames. If not... well...." Mar. 9, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "Omg, my name is Eileen aswell :D I used to not really like my name because NOBODY else was called it, but now that is the reason why i like it lol You see, i am Irish and my granny is called Eileen, so im called after her :) People aren't too bad with pronouncing it wrong, but sometimes i do get the odd 'Aileen' or 'Ellen'.My birth year is 1996, and i son't really think there are many other girls my age called eileen, but i like this because it makes me feel unique y'know :)" Jul. 17, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "when I was born my Aunt Helen who was to be my godmother wanted me named Helen. My mother refused. So "creative" Aunt Helen asked if my mother liked the name of Eileen. My mother agreed. It was years later, way after Aunt Helen died, that we found out that Eileen "was Helen irish for Helen". Now I do genealogy research and found that the name in various derrivatives comes down the family line for three generations." Jul. 6, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is eileen olomi, if feel so special coz my name is unique. but people confuse my name and they call me irene, aileen, ailen so ihave to correct them. but i realy love my name because it isn't common" Oct. 7, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "yeah, my name is Ayleen (EYE-LEAN)I heard it means "Light" or "Torch". I use to hate my name so much,once, during a fire safty show at my school during kindergarden, one of the fire fighters asked me for my name in front of the whole school, I was so shy and emberessed about my name I actualy said "my name is Michelle" now I think my name is ok. People use to make fun of me by saying "WHAT'S YOUR LAST NAME? DOVER? (I lean dover, get it?) and sing the song "come on Eileen" but now it's not so bad because I sort of like the meaning: "Light-bearer or "Torch"(sorry if I misspelled that...) make ya smile? It's from Helen I think- but then agien the name "Lucifer" (the devil) means the same thing LOL" Jul. 11, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name Eileen - I am part Irish and love the songs and sayings attached to it - I was named after a fabulous family friend who also loves her name. x" Oct. 1, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Eileen. I am 48 and I like my name and my married last name is Dunmire. It sounds so Celtic" Jun. 16, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "North Of Ireland emphasis on 1st 3 letters down South emphasis on last 3 letters. Eileen Belfast" May. 17, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is eileen but most people pronounce it elaine. some rude people like to make it sound like i lean or e lane i mean really its neither. its just eileen. however you pronounce it it will always be eileen whether they like it or not. a guy in my class decided to call me eileenus martinus because my last name is martinez. he has been pretty rude but i just ignore him. come on eileen is a song people usaully start singing when i pass them. usaully i tell them to shut up. eileen is a beautiful name and it is also unique. eileen is special. if you have the name eileen and you dont like it just remember that a name like eileen is special. not just anyone can have it. even if people mispernounce your name just know that they werent lucky enough to be named eileen. -sincerely, eileen" Feb. 26, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "In my school there is girl name Elaine and they get me mixed up with her. We have the same length and color of hair. Everyday they call me Elaine and call Elaine, Eileen. I love my name but they spell my name wrong so many times." Feb. 10, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I"m Eileen, and I love it. It's wonderfully unique (at least for me) and I love the defination, which is "Bringer of Light"" Dec. 21, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is also Eileen, I was named after my Aunt who in turn was named after her Aunt.My mother insist on using my middle name to, and so i am known as Eileen Ann.I also hated my name when i was younger, but now i like it and im proud to have it." Sep. 9, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Eileen is so cool, haha I love the song aswell. How come you cant find Elieen when you search for names, since Elieen is also a name" Jul. 16, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My parents named me Eileen in the hopes that it would lead people to pronounce our last name correctly (which also starts with "Ei"). Nope. It was worth a shot! I go by Liz." Jun. 30, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • ""Come On Eileen" is a 1982 hit by the British group Dexy's Midnight Runners. The name is not very common these days, but was popular in the 1930s." Jun. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I feel that the name Eileen is quite rare these days. When I meet people, I generally get the impression that they've never heard of it before. Out of habit, when someone needs to write down my name, I just spell it out automatically for them. I still love my name though, because it isn't common and it does have a nice sound to it. :)" Apr. 4, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I used to hate my name. My mother wanted me named after a favorite cousin who died in childbirth. Most of my young years, I was called Arlene, Irene, Ellen, Elaine, Aleen, Ailene. Now, one seldom hears the name. I've grown to like my name and would love to have one of my children name one of their children, Eileen." Mar. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Well, there's always the little rendition (usually the chorus "Come on Eileen, oh I swear...at this moment, you mean everything!") of the Dexys Midnight Runners song that people go off into into when they hear the name. I've always secretly liked that-- what other name automatically makes people break out in song? Yes, throughout my life I've noticed it trips some people up when they try to spell it; or maybe more accurately, it gives people pause: they stop writing and ask "two e's?", or something like that. The name Eileen, in my (biased, of course) opinion, is soft and feminine without being cliche. It surprises me that there's any doubt about the ethnic origin of the name; isn't it generally accepted as a very Irish name?" Feb. 15, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Eileen is derived from Arabic "Ayleen" which is a female name and means virtues of ladies. Muslim Laws related to women are called "Aylee Qawaneen" or Laws related to women affairs, with special reference to marriage and inheritance." Jan. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "uhmm..okei, people are confused of the pronunciation of my name, some pronounce it as aileen some as ei,,and they often mispelled it as aileen." Jan. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Eileen, and the song and jokes sucked I'm afraid..i got referred as "i leaned over", so much by my teacher the other students thought my last name was "Dova",...he he..i guess it was kind of funny, but i still wouldn't recommend naming a child Eileen." Aug. 30, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Eileen is my name and I am amazed at the difference between the two coasts. I grew up in New York, where there was an Eileen in every grade at my school. I never once had problems with people pronouncing or spelling it correctly. I now live in Arizona where virtually no one EVER pronounces or spells my name correctly -- and it has become bothersome. I was once ordering a to-go meal at a local restaurant. I placed the order with a Puerto Rican guy -- when he took my name he actually spelled it the correctly (I was quite surprised, and later inquired as to where he was from - found out he was originally from the Bronx, NY). The waitress next to him looked at his spelling and told him that he didn't spell it right!! -- I guess people just can't grasp that the "E" is silent. If I don't spell my name out for people I usually get ileen, ilean, or ilene. I've also gotten eillen, elaine, ellen, irene & aileen." Jul. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Eileen is my name. Lots of people habitually mispronounce it; saying either 'Elaine' or 'Ellen' instead. Sometimes I get Elena. I've heard the joke about the one-legged lady a million times, and people have sung 'Come on Eileen' to me another million times. Still, it's a nice name and it isn't too common. I'm keeping it." May. 19, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Some people see the spelling and then say, "Elaine" I don't know how they get Elaine from Eileen. Unfortunately, my sister's name is Elaine. They often call her Eileen.. Pronounced "I-lean" some people say "E-lean" When people are trying to remember my name they often call me, "Irene" or "Ellen" People are strange..." Dec. 17, 2005: Report as inappropriate



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