Eileen Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Eileen:
English variant of the French Aveline, a name derived from the Germanic Avila, which is thought to be a Latinate form of Aveza, a name ultimately of uncertain meaning. Alternatively, Eileen is an Anglicized form of the Irish Eibhlín, a cognate of Evelyn.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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- Nicknames for Eileen
Lena, Eily, Ei, Leeny, Leen, Lee, Leo, Eila
- Meanings and history of the name Eileen
As the lady says above, it does mean 'light', It is Irish Gaelic for Helen, Helene, Elaine etc - all meaning 'light'
- Famous real-life people named Eileen
Eileen Collins, astronaut and first female pilot and first female commander of a Space Shuttle.
Eileen Ford, "Matriarch of the Modeling Industry", founder of Ford Modeling Agency
Eileen Snape (nee Prince), Severus Snape's mother in the "Harry Potter" series.
- Eileen in song, story & screen
"Come On, Eileen", song by Dexy's Midnight Runners