Irina is a name that has gained great popularity in the last decade, both in Slavic and Spanish-speaking countries, thanks to its feminine and soft pronunciation . In fact, more and more people want to name their daughters Irina, according to statistics. Are you also one of them?
However, before choosing this name, it is important that you know the meaning of the name Irina or its origins. Discover in article everything you need about this name: variations, diminutives, personality, saints… Keep reading! Irina is a girl’s name.
What does Irina mean?
The name Irina is a variant of Irene, which derives from the Greek “Ειρήνη” and can be translated into our language as “Irene”, “Irenea” and “Ireneo”. The etymological meaning of her is closely related to peace and can be interpreted as “she who brings peace” or “woman who brings peace” .
Origin of the name Irina
The name Irina is especially old and is located in ancient Greece , although at that time it was more common to use the terms “Eirene” or “Irene” and its literal meaning is “peace”. Later, the name spread throughout the Slavic peoples , such as Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania and Ukraine, until it reached Russia, where it became very popular. It is at this moment that the variant of the name begins to take place , which was originally Irene, and becomes Irina.
Diminutives and variations of the name Irina
The most common diminutives of the name Irina are Ina, Ena, Irja or Ira .
The name Irina in other languages
Irina’s name varies slightly by country/region as follows:
- Spanish, Danish, English, German and Swedish: Irene
- Portuguese: Irene, Iria
- Irish: Eireen
- Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech: Irena
- French: Irene
- Galician: Iria
- Georgian: Irine
- Greek: Eirini, Irini
- Hungarian: Iren
- Lithuanian: Irēna, Irīna
Personality of the name Irina
Women named Irina stand out for having a serene, lively and curious personality . We are talking about very intelligent people, who show a natural concern for the world around them, other people and animals, as well as nature. They tend to be especially observant and want to learn as much as possible.
They also stand out for their simplicity and naturalness , although this does not mean that they are shy people or that they go unnoticed, on the contrary, it is precisely their frankness and sincerity that allows them to stand out in a positive way above other people.
Celebrities named Irina
Some of the most popular celebrities with the name of Irina are:
- Irina Bokova : socialist politician who was elected as director of UNESCO in 2009. Later, in 2013, she was re-elected until 2017. She is the first woman to hold this position.
- Irina Shayk – Internationally recognized Russian model and actress after her collaboration with the clothing brand Intimissimi. She has subsequently collaborated with other brands and celebrities.
- Irina-Camelia Begu – professional tennis player from Romania, winner of nine doubles titles and four singles titles. She has been awarded a “WTA Newcomer of the Year”.
Irina’s Saint’s Day
Irina’s name day or saint’s day is October 20 .
Numerology of the name Irina
According to numerology, Irina’s lucky number is 9 .
Popularity of the first name Irina
We found in Spain a total of 8,968 women with the name of Irina, with an average age of 29.6 years, according to the National Institute of Statistics. Women named Irina mostly reside in: