Name: Erin

Origin and Meaning of the Name Erin

  • Meaning:
    From Ireland
  • Origin:
  • Gender:
    Both
  • Pronunciation:
    (EHR in); (EH rin)
  • Form of:
    Itself (Erin)
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Miscellaneous Info for Erin

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  • Used in:
    English speaking countries
  • Additional Info:
    Erin is taken from the Gaelic Eirinn, meaning "of Eire" - Eire being the Irish name for Ireland. Erin was used as a poetic name for Ireland for several centuries but it is not normally bestowed as a given name in that country.

    It became popular as a name in North America in the 1970s. Erin enjoyed a mild popularity as a boy's name just after the middle of the 20th century, but this usage was subdued by its popularity for females which peaked in the 1980s. Erin is currently the 3rd most popular name in Scotland. In the USA, it is popular on the East coast.

    Famous bearers include activist Erin Brockovich (whose story was made into a film starring Julia Roberts), teacher Erin Gruwell (whose story was made into the film 'Freedom Writers') and actresses Erin Moran and Erin Daniels.

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Popularity Rank of Erin (US top 1000 names since 1880)

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