Erin: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Erin
Origin of the name Erin:
Derived from the Gaelic Érinn, the dative case of Érie, which is the Irish name for Ireland. Though Erin is popular in England and the U.S., it is not normally bestowed as a given name in Ireland.
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Erin is a poetic name for Ireland. For this reason, it became very popular among American families of Irish extraction. However, it was not used in Ireland itself until the late 20th century.
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Growing up a had a hard time with my name, people would spell it Aaron or when I would tell them my name they would think I said Mary. I also went through a phase where I would spell my name Eryn (Instead of Erin). I've grown to love it though, it suits me. It wasn't too common or too unheard of growing up, the only time it was a problem was in my high school marching band because we had 3 Erin's, but only for one year. As for knicknames I've been called Rin and my grandfather came up with Rinney (pronounced rin-ee).
I like that there is no stereotype to the name to be a tomboyish name or a super girly name. It just is. Also, it isn't a name that you can add -y on the end to make is sound less intelligent, weak, or anything like that. It can be strong, powerful, and full of confidence, or it can be meek and shy, it all depends on the person.
I am an Erin and I hated my name as a child. In the early to mid 70s in upstate New York it was a very uncommon name and other kids made fun of me for having a boy's name (because it sounded like Aaron). There were never any name pins or stickers or balloons, etc. for Erin at the store! I remember going to sign up for day camp and the person said "*What* is your name?" When I showed up to camp he had registered me as Erwin. Apparently he had never heard the name Erin so he misheard it as Erwin. People used to spell it wrong all the time - Aron, Eran, Errin, Airen, etc. It's much more common now and it's been a while since I've seen it misspelled. I know a lot of Erins in their early to mid 20s. I don't hate it anymore, but it still wouldn't be a name I would have chosen myself!
I am Erin- In elementary school (early 80's in Ohio) I had several "Erin's" and "Aaron's" in my classes, which annoyed me. As in the comment above, someone thought my
name was "Erwin" when I was a kid and I was NOT happy! When my family moved to Austin later on, I seldom met another Erin. My parents liked the name because it does not have an easy nickname. I am proud of my name and I do like it, but I still get frustrated when people think it's spelled aaron.
My name is Erin and i absolutely love it. I would like to just point out that Erin has become much more popular since the 80's, at least it has in the northeast where i'm from. I have never been called Erwin, Eric, or any other name similar to Erin. I love that the name Erin is so classy and elegant yet cute and sweet at the same time. I also appreciate the fact that not many people are named Erin.
I'm only 15, and my name is Erinn, spelled with 2 N's. I never really liked it because it doesn't fit me; even though to my friends it does. All of them can have nicknames and I cant. So one day my friend heard my cousin call me Ern. That whole side of the family did, but it wasn't purposely. Now everyone in my grade does, so I guess I do have a nickname; even if I hate it.:)
My name is Erin, and I also am called Ern by my close friends, but thats because my innitals are E.R.N. I didn't know that was a common nickname. I have never liked my name. Growing up in the 90's it was fairly common but I never liked that it was also a boys name. It was never creative or pretty enough for me. When I started college I decided to go by my middle name, Rose... Continued under Rose
My name is Erin (just like everyone who seems to be writing here) but I'm only 15. I personally like my name, but only to an extent. Because the name Erin is so short, it can be quite upsetting for all your friends to have nicknames and then have the one Erin in the group. I've given nicknames to all my friends, and until our high school teachers began calling some kids by their last names did I receive a nickname as Kent, but sometimes even that doesn't satisfy me. My closest and best friends name is also Erin which is how we became friends, and people still get a laugh out of yelling "ERIN!" everytime we're together to watch our heads both turn in response. Oh, one other nickname I was given by my boyfriend was Erii which was pronounced EH-ree.I guess for the name Erin, your nickname depends more on your personality then our name. Hey, a names a name right? :]
Like most have said people named Erin can usually be a tom-boy or girly-girly, it fits anyone. Some of my friends used to call me Eri, another idea is give them a middle name that starts with an N and cll them EN, thats my sport nickname. i am now 15 and my main nickname if E.Brad(Brad is haf of my last name) if you have a last name that you can use the first half of its great. I love my name but if you want to be a littl more unique spell in Eryn its pronounced the same.
I'm a Erin. i love my name and everything, i love the meaning too, and why my mom decided to call me that. she wanted to call me Jamie at first, then she almost died in Ireland, so she decided to call me Erin, because that is the female personification of Ireland. but anyway, what frustrates me is that i have a British accent, because i lived there for a while, but anyway when i came back to the country of my birth, my voice was different their one. so on the first day of high school, everyone had to say their name. when i said my name, they thought i said Arin, because my name sounds different in my mouth that its actually pronounced. don't think i cant pronounce my name, by hell i do!, just that i say it probably in my head and i say in pronounce it to my ears.
My name is Erin, and I love it! I only knew one other Erin up until high school, and then I actually sat next to an Erin in homeroom. I agree with everyone that its neither tom-boyish or girly; I think it fits me perfectly. My husband calls me "E" a lot, but I do like that it's a name that you can't really make a nickname for, which is part of the reason why my mom named me it; although people will always find a way! I do get annoyed when people confuse it with 'Aaron', or say that its a boys name; they are 2 completely different names. I also appreciate that you have that its pronounced 'Eh-ren' because I'm sick of the 'Ahh-ren's' and 'Air-ren's' that people LOVE to constantly say. All in all though, I really do love my name, and my middle name Elizabeth sounds so nice with it.
- Nicknames for Erin: | Edit
Ren, Rone, Erone, Er-er, Nire, Erey, Erena, "E", Roni, Eirwin, Ern, Er, Er-Bear, Ez, Ezzy, Ezzie, Erie, Cherry Erie, Ezz, Eri,
- Meanings and history of the name Erin: | Edit
From Eireann, the genitive case of Gaelic Eire, meaning "Ireland".
- Famous real-life people named Erin: | Edit
Erin Andrews, American sports reporter for ESPN
Erin Brockovich, American environmental activist
Erin Cumming, American actress
Erin Heatherton, American supermodel
Erin Wasson, American supermodel
Erin Sanders, American actress
Erin Sullivan, British actress
- Erin in song, story & screen: | Edit
Erin Walton, middle daughter of the Walton family of the eponymous TV series of the 1970s. This may be where many people first heard the name, as it was very uncommon before the first season of this show.
Erin Silver, a minor character on "Beverly Hills 90210" and a lead on the new "90210"
"Erin O'Connor" by The Long Blondes. A tribute to the English fashion model.
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