Other Origin(s):Gaelic
Meaning:Bright, shining light
Much more than a pretty face, Aileen is an Irish female name encompassing brilliance at its most enthralling. As an anglicized version of Eibhlín, Aileen's origins lie in the Gaelic form of the Greek Hēlēnē, which means "bright, shining light." It's a name made famous by Helen of Troy—the Spartan queen whose captivating beauty set the wheels of the mythological Trojan War in motion. Emerging from the Greek for "sun," hēlios, Helen represents splendor that could launch a thousand ships. Yet on Ireland's greener shores, such reverence is not reserved for attractive features alone but captures the mind at its most inspiring. Here, Aileen shares close company with the poet Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill, whose Irish lament Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire is considered the greatest poem composed in Ireland or England during the 18th century.
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