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While Irene is a traditional and perhaps old-fashioned sounding name, there is an undeniable sense of grace and elegance to the name. This would be a good name choice for parents looking for something that sounds a bit more mature.

Detailed Meaning

Irene comes from the Greek word eiren, meaning “peace.” This was the name of the Greek goddess who personified peace, and was also borne by several early Christian saints. In the English-speaking world, it was not regularly used until the 19th century.

Famous People With This Name

Irene Dunne was an American actress most famous for her work in the 1930s and 40s. Irene Bae is a South Korean singer, television personality and actress. Irene Hunt was an American children’s book writer and winner of Hans Christian Andersen award.

Possible Nicknames

Possible nickname options for Irene could be Rene or Reeny/Reenie.

Related Names

Irene can also be spelt Ireen.

Stories Featuring This Name

Irene Adler is an important character in the Sherlock Holmes novels and subsequent adaptations, as she is the only woman who has been able to beat Sherlock’s intellect. Irene is the name of a poem written by Edgar Allen Poe. Irene Forsyte is a character in the “The Forsyte Saga” written by English author John Galsworthy.

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