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What do you think of Aileen?

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trixy123 Sat 08-Nov-14 20:27:47

What do you think of Aileen as a girl's name? It's listed on Mumsnet's Baby Name Finder.
Anyone out there with the name Aileen? We are considering this name for our baby, but don`t know if other children / people might make fun of this name for some reason?

StrawberryMojito Sat 08-Nov-14 20:32:06

Is it pronounce ay-leen or eye-leen? I'm not keen on either to be honest, but ay-leen is preferable.

Foxbiscuitselection Sat 08-Nov-14 20:34:42

Prefer Kathleen or Alison

Foxbiscuitselection Sat 08-Nov-14 20:35:02

Alice that meant to say

TobyLerone Sat 08-Nov-14 20:35:16

It's fine, but quite old-fashioned.

d0ttyne11 Sat 08-Nov-14 20:35:31


I know a couple so it's not my name but a dear friend's called Aileen. Or Ails for short, which has stuck with her. We grew up in a small town in Scotland where there were one or two in each year at school.

When she was younger, yes she'd need to point out it wasn't Alien to silly wee boys, but don't let that put you off!! What name can't be abbreviated, or what can't people be teased about.

I did notice at her wedding a few weeks ago that it sounds a bit more like Eileen when pronounced with an English accent.

I like Eilidh actually (saw on here some pronunciation that it's like Hayley without the H!) which you might like too.

zoemaguire Sat 08-Nov-14 20:36:18

I think 50-something Australian lady, sorry. too much neighbours in my youth, or was it home and away?

zoemaguire Sat 08-Nov-14 20:37:05

Eilidh is lovely though!

Doilooklikeatourist Sat 08-Nov-14 20:40:35

I know an elderly lady with the name Aline ( like Alan , but line not lan )
I like Aileen , I think it's unusual , and pretty

loislines Sat 08-Nov-14 20:40:56

Prefer Eileen to Aileen but can't see any reason not to use Aileen if you like it.

SwedishEdith Sat 08-Nov-14 20:42:50

I think it's horrible, sorry. And I know some lovely ones.

Ediemccreedy Sat 08-Nov-14 20:51:43

I think it's a lovely name. Quite a few in the 30 something age group round here ( Ireland)

ehwhat Sat 08-Nov-14 20:54:21

Reminds me of "Come on Eileen"

dontblameme Sat 08-Nov-14 20:56:42

To me Aileen (ay-leen) seems dated but maybe it's due a comeback?

How about Aisling (ash-leen) or I second Eilidh.

SilentAllTheseYears Sat 08-Nov-14 20:57:38

I know one, she's at university now and is a lovely person (she's not my daughter BTW!)

Smukogrig Sat 08-Nov-14 20:57:45

Old lady name

DramaAlpaca Sat 08-Nov-14 21:00:57

It's quite a nice name, much nicer than Eileen, but quite dated. As previous posters have said, Eilidh would be lovely instead.

Or how about Aideen (AY-deen) as an alternative?

I'm in Ireland and I don't know any Aileens under 40, but I know two Aideens who are under 10.

squoosh Sat 08-Nov-14 22:00:18

I know loads of Aileens. Good people.

Shame they have such an awful name,

SirChenjin Sat 08-Nov-14 22:03:54

It's a very common popular name for women in their fifties up here in Scotland - don't really like it tbh.

Sophronia Sat 08-Nov-14 22:33:46

Don't like. It reminds me of Aileen Wuornos.

ashtrayheart Sat 08-Nov-14 22:35:04

Me too!

Seasidedolly Sun 09-Nov-14 20:17:15

A colleague at work is Aileen and people ALWAYS say Eileen. She's only early thirties but I think it's an old fashioned name and not in a good vintage way. It's never really grown on me since I've known her.

MrsBungle Sun 09-Nov-14 20:19:52

I know loads of Aileen's. There was at least 2 in each class at school. I've not heard anyone under 30 named it in a long time. I don't like it really.

Clawdy Sun 09-Nov-14 21:06:31

Ailsa is prettier.

TheWildRumpyPumpus Sun 09-Nov-14 21:21:14

Serial killer. Sorry.

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