Ironic Irene: The Name Means "Peace"

Hurricane Irene has tens of millions of people on the East Coast bracing for damage, but the origin of the name means quite the opposite of a monster storm.

The name "Irene" is Greek in origin and actually means "peace."

Several websites dedicated to explaining what names mean says Irene was the name of a Greek goddess who personified peace. Several early Christian saints have the name Irene.

The name was common in the Byzantine Empire; an eighth-century empress named Irene was the first to lead the Byzantine Empire. She originally was a regent for her ruling son, but killed him and led the empire alone.


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  • by cb Location: martin on Aug 25, 2011 at 11:01 AM
    looks like we are going to get a "peace", huh?
  • by Anonymous on Aug 25, 2011 at 10:57 AM
    And this is news worthy??? ROTFL
  • by Women Are Evil on Aug 25, 2011 at 09:13 AM
    Never trust them. They look sweet and act nice...but beware!
  • by Peace and Safety... on Aug 25, 2011 at 07:08 AM
    Don't let the name fool you. The Bible states that when they speak of 'peace and safety' then cometh sudden distruction!! I'm just sayin....
  • by Adrianne Location: Kandahar, Afghanistan on Aug 25, 2011 at 04:31 AM
    Very scarey, cant underestimate natures fury. Praying for my kids in Hubert NC...
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