- This is an Irish form of Helen, meaning "light." I like it for these reasons and also for its feminine, lyrical sound. It is not popular in the United States but is quite beautiful.
- because it is my name and, also because it is very rare were im from (ny). and it means light. Also because its impossible to have a real nickname for.
Eileen is an anglicization of the Irish name Eibhlín. While this name has been equated with Helen for centuries, it actually derives from the Norman French name Aveline (see Evelyn). The true Irish forms of Helen are Léan /LAY un/ and Léana /LAY uh na/.
See Also: Evelyn
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