Erin: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Erin
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Erin is a great name. However, most people seem to think that it is a girl's name, when it is actually unisex. Erin is not as popular nowadays as a boy's name, but that should not be a reason to put you off. It was most popular as a boy's name in the 1970s, so why not bring it back? The name means 'Ireland' and is pronounced 'Eh-Rin'.
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I'm a male named "Erin" and as for the assertions that it is a girls' name, eh. I like my name; I've known other males with the name, they've liked it, too. This spelling is, apparently, more common for boys in Europe than it is in the U.S., and I've heard plenty of observations of how Americans are touchier about masculinity regarding names. I'm a pretty butch guy, maybe that's why the name is easy for me to carry. For reasons that are complicated to explain I had the opportunity to easily change it and I still opted to keep it. The meaning, pronunciation, impact, and general feel of it are all so different from "Aaron" that I'm hard to convince that it's simple matter of one being the "girls' spelling" and one being for the boys.
I'm also a male named Erin and I love my name. It's a very nice unisex name, which happens to be a more popular name for girls currently, but as a guy this doesn't bother me in the slightest. Most people on the internet will think that Erin is not a boy's name and that Aaron is the male equivalent, however they are wrong; Erin is unisex and means 'Ireland', and Aaron is a male name, meaning 'Mountain of strength'. Aaron can be pronounced similar as 'Air-ran' or 'Ah-ran', but I think Erin is a much nicer name and no one ever pronounces it wrong. People tend to pronounce and spell Aaron incorrectly all the time. I know this happens because I knew an 'Aaron' and 'Aran' in High School (in the UK) - both pronounced as 'ah-ran'.
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Poets and nineteenth-century Irish nationalists used Erin in English as a romantic name for Ireland.
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