Quick Facts on Erin
- Celtic, Gaelic, Irish
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Etymology & Historical Origin - Erin
Erin is the anglicized version of the female Irish name Éirinn which basically means “Ireland.” Ireland was named after the goddess Éire, from the people of Danu, a race of people descending from the mother of the ancient gods of Ireland. Along with her sisters Banba and Fódla, Éire was an important Irish goddess of supreme authority. When the Gaelic Celtic people arrived on the island, Éire was granted the namesake for this “land of abundance.” Erin has been used by both Irish nationalists and romantic poets in the personification of Ireland since the 19th century. The familiar Erin go bragh (or "Éirinn go brách") is a slogan dating from the 1798 Irish revolution against British rule and translates to "Ireland forever". Erin is therefore the archetypal Irish female name, and it was brought to the United States, Canada and Australia by influxes of Irish immigration in the 19th century.
Popularity of the Name Erin
The name Erin doesn’t really enter the American naming charts until 1954. We saw it pop onto the Top 1000 list briefly in the late 19th century and again in the early 1950s, but for all intents and purposes, Erin does not stick to the charts until 1954. The name jumps over 400 positions on the charts between 1956 and 1957; it’s not clear what may have influenced this quick leap in popularity in two short years, but it became clear the name had staying power. Erin reached a position on the Top 100 list in 1971 where she would reside for the next 34 straight years. The height of the name’s popularity came in the late 1970s and early 1980s during which time it was a Top 25 choice for a female first name; quite an achievement for this Irish lass! The name Erin finally fell off the Top 100 list in 2005 and by the looks of the charts, her chic and stylish days may have come to an end. Nevertheless, Erin is an Irish staple, and will always remain a favorite among Irish-Americans. How can it not? The name instantly instills a sense of Irish pride, and Irish people are famous for their steadfast pride. They certainly haven’t forgotten about this simple classic in England & Wales (where it was ranked #33 in 2009) or Scotland where it was ranked 12th in 2010. In Northern Ireland, they place Erin as the 5th most popular girl’s name and it’s ranked #37 in Ireland itself (2009). Erin may be considered too boring for the more creative naming conventions in America today, but we have only one thing to say to that: “Erin go bragh!”
Popularity of the Girl Name Erin
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Erin
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Erin
Erin We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Erin.
Popular Songs on Erin
Erin - a song by Solas
Erin Shore - a song by The Corrs
Erin the Green - a song by Cara Dillon
Erinsong - a song by Cruachan
Children's Books on the Baby Name Erin
Erin - We cannot find any children’s books featuring a character with the first name Erin.
Famous People Named Erin
Famous People Named Erin - Erin Andrews (sports reporter); Erin Brockovich (legal clerk/environmental activist); Erin Gruwell (American teacher); Erin Heatherton (model); Erin Moran (actress)
Children of Famous People Named Erin
Famous People who Named their Child Erin - Carol Burnett (actress/comic); Don Everly (musician); Mike Farrell (actor); Wayne Newton (entertainer)
Erin - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Erin - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Erin.
Personality of the Girl Name Erin
The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged. They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.
Variations of the Baby Name - Erin