Erin is a simple name that is beautiful for boys or girls. It hails from Ireland and was one of the first names used in the country. Despite the name being hundreds of years old, it did not appear on the Social Security Index until 1947.

Meaning of the name Erin:

Irish: “from the island to the west,” Ireland, green water

Origin of the name Erin:

The baby name Erin is said the same way that the name Aaron is. Aaron, however, has a Biblical basis, while the spelling, Erin, has a traditional Irish background. It is a first-wave name of the country that is the same as the nickname for Ireland itself.

Symbolism of the name Erin:

Many assume that the baby name Erin still has a Hebrew basis like Aaron. This is simply not true, however. Erin comes from the Gaelic nickname for Ireland, Eirinn.

Style of the name Erin:


Gender of the name Erin:

Erin is a unisex baby name, but this spelling is primarily used for girls.

Pronunciation of the name Erin:


Number of syllables in the name Erin:


Emotion evoked from the name Erin:

Erin feels playful and lighthearted. It has an almost naturalistic or outdoorsy feel too.

Alternative spellings for the name Erin:

Nicknames for the name Erin:

  • Erie
  • Ery
  • Rin
  • Eri
  • Riri
  • Err
  • Ernie 

Popularity of the name Erin:

Though on the Social Security top 1,000 for girls in 1947, Erin did not reach a top 100 spot until 1971. From 1980 to 1983, Erin was a top 20 name, reaching number 18 in 1983. The name has declined in popularity in recent years, now ranking at number 520 for girls.

Related names for the name Erin:

Great middle names for Erin and their meanings:

  • Delaney (from the alder grove)
  • Ayleen (strength, desired)
  • Cosette (people of victory)
  • Madeline (high tower)
  • Bethany (house of affliction)
  • Natalia (Christ's birthday)
  • Isabelle (God's promise)

Famous people with the name Erin:

  • Erin Moran (actress, “Happy Days”)
  • Erin Andrews (sports reporter on ESPN)
  • Erin Brady (Miss USA from 2013)
  • Erin Cummings (actress, “Spartacus”)
  • Erin Heatherton (professional model)
  • Erin Sanders (actress, “Zoey 101”)
  • Erin Burnett (TV journalist)

Erins in popular culture:

  • Erin Reagan (character from “Blue Bloods”)
  • Erin Walton (character from “The Waltons”)
  • Erin Strauss (character from “Criminal Minds”)
  • Erin (character from “Being Human”)
  • Erin Hannon (character from “The Office”)
  • Erin Kennedy (character from “The Sims 3” video game)