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a female given name, form of .
Contemporary Examples

John Paul III was born in 1956 and a daughter, Aileen, the following year.
The Getty Family Implosion Anthony Haden-Guest February 9, 2011

Charlize Theron was there, too, God bless, kicking it in 2003 with her portrayal of Aileen Wournos in Monster.
The Campiest Movie of the Year Choire Sicha March 27, 2010

Historical Examples

Who but he, out of the few that take the words of any song to heart, admired Aileen Aroon?
Hard Cash Charles Reade

Will it tire you to be told again that Aileen was beautiful?
The Four Million

O. Henry

Warkworth would marry Aileen Moffatt, and use her money for an ambitious career.
Lady Rose’s Daughter Mrs. Humphry Ward

If the transients were entranced by the fascinating Aileen, the regulars were her adorers.
The Four Million

O. Henry

Aileen bit her lower lip and clenched her hands to keep down her rage and disappointment and tears.
The Financier Theodore Dreiser

Not even Aileen herself had been publicly embraced and kissed in the restaurant.
The Four Million

O. Henry

And meanwhile the glory of the Mokembe appointment was a strong factor in Aileen’s recovery.
Lady Rose’s Daughter Mrs. Humphry Ward

With them at that time, keeping house for them, was Miss Aileen Bell.
A Portrait of Old George Town Grace Dunlop Ecker


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