Irene (given name)

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Eirene Ploutos Glyptothek Munich 219 n4.jpg
Eirene (Greek goddess)
Pronunciation eye-reen (English); eye-REEN-ee (English)
Gender Female
Word/name Greek
Meaning peace
Other names
Related names Arina, Iren, Irena, Irina, Rina

Irene (Ειρήνη Eirene), sometimes written Irini, is derived from εἰρήνη - the Greek for "peace". Eirene was the Greek goddess of peace. Irene was also the name of an 8th-century Byzantine empress (Irene of Athens), as well as the name of several saints (see Agape, Chionia, and Irene).

Irene was the sixth most popular name for girls in Spain in 2006. It was the 632nd most popular name for girls in the United States in 2007, down from 592nd place in 2006.[1]