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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Irene
This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Irene in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the girl's name Irene:
Records indicate that 349,141 girls in the United States have been named Irene since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1921, when 10,621 people in the U.S. were given the name Irene. Those people are now 99 years old.
So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.
Comments about the name Irene
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13 Positive Comments
"My name is Irene or, as they say it in my country, Ειρήνη, and I am really happy with this name. I believe it suits me just right. I had people pronouncing it either I-rene and making their tone last on the I or I-rene making their tone lasting on rene. Both wayz are correct or so I know." Oct. 11, 2018:
"Hey Irenes my name is Irene hahaha. I was born and raised in Taiwan and was given my one and only English name in kindergarten. I have met two Irenes in my life, with the first one in 2nd grade and the second one, who also happened to be my bestie, in 7th grade. Because the name seemed so all-over-the-place to me, I began to prefer the name "Valerie" as I grew older(I learned this name in the movie "Red Riding Hood" starring Amanda Seyfried). Now I love to be called Irene cuz all of my friends think it suits me very well. I currently go to university in Canada, and I begin to realize that it's quite a unique name here." Jun. 19, 2018:
"The best name out there...kids can't make fun out of this name at school. Strong name" Mar. 9, 2014:
"I love the name Irene! It's so pretty! Everyone says it's boring and old fashioned but I don't think it is boring, it's really nice!" Nov. 8, 2013:
"my name is irene & my middle name is patricia! pronounced eye-reen.. my name is originally supposed to be ALL in spanish. as in ee-rey-neh pa-tree-si-ah it's pretty cool i guess. i've been the only girl in my elementary/middle and now highschool with the name irene. i like how not a lot of people have the same name as me & how i can think of cool nicknames.. like ireenie, or irizzle lol stuff like that. it's unique." Aug. 1, 2013:
"My name is Irene. I'm not really sure how I feel about it. I LOVE the meaning, and I think it was a good choice for me." Mar. 16, 2012:
"Mt name is Irene, actually Irina (i'm romanian). I love it. I don't know any other Irenes, so I feel unique. It means peace in greek (Eirini), not princess of peace, and I was given a greek name because my mom lived there for a couple of years and loved the language and the culture." Sep. 17, 2010:
"My name is Irene and I like my name very much. When I was a kid I didn't like my name because it wasn't one the popular names. Now that I am older it feels like a sophisticated, worldly name. I like that it a name used in other countries. It was very popular with babies born in the 1920's. It's not a trendy but a traditional name like Ava or Emma. Irene means peace or peaceful. Sometimes my name is misspelled and that's just because people aren't as used to seeing the name Irene as other names. And the Irene Goodnight joke is "old" and "tired" but most people in their twenties don't know that song. I was born in the fifties." May. 30, 2010:
"My name is Irene. I live in Ireland. I pronounce my name with the emphasis on the I and not the Rene. Though for some reason a lot of people call me Iris. Don't know how that happened" Apr. 17, 2010:
"My name is Irene. There are 4 in my family- my 2 grandmothers and 1 aunt and myself. My nicknames are Rene and Renie. And some call me Ween. Don't know how that came about. Growing I despised my name, but now love it. I wouldn't change for any other name. I think it suits me. Not like an old lady, but classy." Nov. 12, 2009:
"heey my name is Irene. i didnt like it when I was younger but I'm starting to like it more now. My friends used to spell my name as "Irenene", it was annoying I was like, "we're best friends can't you just spell my name right?" Some people pronounce my name as "Iren" or "Iree". I didn't like it bit I pretended it was ok. I live in the US and I know about 6 other Irenes. Three of them are my teacher's mother. I feel old when they tell me that but I do realize that this name was very popular around the time that their parents were born. Recently I've become paranoid about other people knowing my name so I'm using a different name. Everyone tells me its a nice name, easy to say and they ask me why I'm using a different name." Sep. 18, 2008:
"this is my name and i sorta like it. it's not very common and there are only 3 people in our town with the name(they also have the same last name as me too!) everybody prononces it right: I-REEN but not everybody spells it right
I spell it Irene but even my own sister pelled it irean for a long time! I take Italian in school and the teaches calls me I-Rene` because thats how they say it in italian. I guess I can say that I like the name Irene, like wine, it gets better with age!" Nov. 20, 2007:
"Hi, Irene is my name, and since I'm from Austria, we pronounce it differently than the English-speaking world.
In Austria, you pronounce the I like an e in English, the R more with the back of your tongue than in English, and the E's more like in Eddy.
Sometimes people write Irena or Irina, which are different versions of my name.
I know about 3 or 4 other Irenes, so no, the name isn't to overused in Austria, like you often see with Maria or Elisabeth." Jan. 6, 2006:
2 Negative Comments
"My name is Irene and I don't like it as I think it old fashioned. I was named after my Mum's Sister who was a lovely lady.I was born in Liverpool England in April & that was going to be my name, until the next door neighbor had a girl and called her April. I get Rene from my Family & friends, my choice would have been Julia." Nov. 27, 2012:
"My name is Irina which is a Russian version of Irene - I am from Finland but living in Ireland now. I prefer my name to be pronounced "Ee-ree-nuh" (the correct way in Finland and Russia) not "Eye-ree-nuh" which sounds awful. Still most of the people prefer the second pronounciation. My name is also misspelled often, it's either Irene, Irena or Erina. I love my name, but hate Irene which is good for just old people." Dec. 14, 2010:
13 Neutral Comments
"My middle name is irene i wae named after my aunt who ended up raising my 3 siste r s snd me i think the name irene is a great name" Jul. 13, 2019:
"My name is Irene. You probably know that it's an ancient Greek name that it has two words inside it, ''say'' and ''mind''.In my country [Greece]is #16 most popular name. In Greek means peace. Irene [Eirini] was an ancient godness,daughter of Zeus and she used to hold Pluto and Keras tis Amaltheias. I'm really proud for my name." Feb. 28, 2017:
"I have three names and Irene is my third name. I was born in Canada to Scottish parents. They travelled across that country, when my mum was pregnant. She loves Canadian singer, who singer, who sings Celtic music - Loreena MCKennitt, - and she wanted to give me her name. Loreena's full name sounds: Loreena Isabelle Irene. So I am Loreena Isabelle Irene. Loreena is quite strange name, I don't know any other girl with this name. But I like this name and diminutives to this name. But people usually can't pronounce it properly. They say something like: Lorehna, Laurena, Loreen and so on. So I tell them: "Call me Isabelle or Irene if you want". But these names are also mispronounced. I pronounce Irene as Eye-reen, but I hear something like Iren, Eerene etc. Name Isabelle is beautiful, it makes me feel like a queen, Irene is also pretty, but soo oldfashioned. I'm too young for this name :) I use all my names. Sometimes I introduce myself as Loreena, sometimes I'm Isabelle, sometimes Irene, Loribelle, Lorirene, Lorissa, my daddy says sometimes: Loreena Is A Belle, haha. Thank you, mummy!" Jun. 3, 2015:
"Hi I am Irene and I live in the Phipippines. I was named after my father, Irineo. I often thought that my parents were expecting to have a junior but turned I out to be a girl. I, now know why some younger people misspell my name to Aileen, Aireen, Airene after reading the postings here. Yeah, I also remember an elderly client signing Good Night Irene song to me through the phone. What's more? If you add my last name, it will literally mean - princess of peace...." Jan. 14, 2011:
"I am Irene after my Grandmother, her grandmother, and my Father's favorite sister... My baby girl is also Irene... It is a legacy of Peace which will be passed on for generation after generation... I am Irene, my name and my desire is peace!" Dec. 25, 2010:
"Hi my name is Irene and I am half spanish (PR) and half italian, i can't stand my name it does'nt suit me at all, but when i think about another i would prefer to be called for some reason i can't seem to think of one." Jan. 2, 2010:
"Irene sounds a bit harsh in my ears, but it was my grandmother's middle name so I have to give it some respect :) Turn-of-the-century names are coming back into style, so who knows, Irene might be on that list." Apr. 9, 2009:
"Irene is quite old-fashioned and grandmotherly, but it's not hideous like Bertha and Gertrude." Jun. 3, 2008:
"My name is Irene, and I like it! It's not very common. I'm Dutch, and it's pronounced in three syllables in the Netherlands, but I recently moved to the US. Like the English pronunciation less.. still a good to have though!" Jun. 20, 2007:
"I'm an Irene as well, I can relate to the comment below regarding the song "Good Night Irene" - there's always someone who will start to sing it when they meet me!
I do love my name, although when I was younger it seemed so old-fashioned. Yet it has a special meaning that is close to my heart. As a nickname, my close friends call me Rene or Reenie." Feb. 19, 2007:
"Normally pronounced 'eyereen' when referring to a woman of any age, but on occasions an old lady in Britain of this name would still pronounce it in the original Greek and British manner as 'eyereenee'." Jan. 6, 2007:
"My name is Irene. I was named after my grandmother, born in 1912, who is turn was named after her mother. I've gotten a lot of positive response to my name. Some old men sing the song "Good Night Irene" by Ledbetter when they hear my name. It means "princess of peace" in Greek." Jan. 21, 2006:
"so many people spell my name Irean and IT GETS ON MY NERVES" Nov. 29, 2005:
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